the act of lading.
that with which something is laden; load; freight; cargo.

Origin of lading

First recorded in 1490–1500; lade + -ing1



verb (used with object), lad·ed, lad·en or lad·ed, lad·ing.

to put (something) on or in, as a burden, load, or cargo; load.
to load oppressively; burden (used chiefly in the passive): laden with many responsibilities.
to fill or cover abundantly (used chiefly in the passive): trees laden with fruit; a man laden with honors.
to lift or throw in or out, as a fluid, with a ladle or other utensil.

verb (used without object), lad·ed, lad·en or lad·ed, lad·ing.

to take on a load.
to lade a liquid.

Origin of lade

before 900; Middle English laden, Old English hladan to load, draw up (water); cognate with Dutch laden, German laden, Old Norse hlatha to load. Cf. ladle
Related formslad·er, noun
Can be confusedlade laid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for lading

load, shipping, freight, shipment

Examples from the Web for lading

Historical Examples of lading

  • Ah, lad, invoices and bills of lading are not done up in that fashion.

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • That you sent no lading in the ship is wonderfull, and worthily distasted.

  • Beware of lading your souls with the weight of small single sins.

  • I am therefore ready to deliver the said cargo according to the bill of lading.

    Tea Leaves


  • But some one will meet them, and tell them that their lading is worthless?

    The Boy Slaves

    Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for lading



a load; cargo; freight



verb lades, lading, laded, laden (ˈleɪdən) or laded

to put cargo or freight on board (a ship, etc) or (of a ship, etc) to take on cargo or freight
(tr; usually passive and foll by with) to burden or oppress
(tr; usually passive and foll by with) to fill or load
to remove (liquid) with or as if with a ladle
Derived Formslader, noun

Word Origin for lade

Old English hladen to load; related to Dutch laden




Scot a watercourse, esp a millstream

Word Origin for lade

of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for lading

"act of loading a boat," early 15c., verbal noun from lade (v.).



Old English hladan (past tense hlod, past participle gehladen) "to load, heap" (the general Germanic sense), also "to draw water" (a meaning peculiar to English), from Proto-Germanic *khlad- (cf. Old Norse hlaða, Old Saxon hladan, Middle Dutch and Dutch laden, Old Frisian hlada "to load," Old High German hladen, German laden), from PIE *kla- "to spread out flat" (cf. Lithuanian kloti "to spread," Old Church Slavonic klado "to set, place").

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