- the power delivered by a generator, motor, power station, or transformer.
- a device that receives power.
verb (used with object)
- to place a large amount of pigment on (a brush).
- to apply a thick layer of pigment to (a canvas).
- (of metal being deep-drawn) to become welded to (the drawing tool).
- (of material being ground) to fill the depressions in the surface of (a grinding wheel).
- (in powder metallurgy) to fill the cavity of (a die).
- to bring (a program or data) into main storage from external or auxiliary storage.
- to place (an input/output medium) into an appropriate device, as by inserting a disk into a disk drive.
verb (used without object)
- to look at; notice; observe.
- to listen to with interest: Did you get a load of what she said?
Origin of load
Synonyms for load
Antonyms for load
Related Words for loadgoods, capacity, weight, haul, bundle, amount, consignment, shipment, payload, task, responsibility, lade, stuff, pile, carry, cram, pack, stack, store, fill
Examples from the Web for load
Contemporary Examples of load
Today, the quaint spectacle of a stage-managed fairy-tale celebration strikes many of us as a load of garbage.What Republicans Need Right Now Is a Good Internal Fight
November 6, 2014
Biden made many visits to Baghdad and no doubt get fed a load of bull about inclusion on each one.Exposed: The White House’s Professor-in-Chief
October 8, 2014
A bunch of wrinkly old men trying to relive their youth and make a load of money.Fancy Pants Dance, World Cup Poseurs, and More Viral Videos
July 5, 2014
When a big cache of weapons is inbound, rival outfits often gang together to disperse the load among their safe houses.On the Contraband Trail With Libya’s Gun Smugglers
June 16, 2014
He tells a few more drug stories, then walks to the closet and returns with a load of books.The Stacks: The Neville Brothers Stake Their Claim as Bards of the Bayou
John Ed Bradley
April 27, 2014
Historical Examples of load
The iron loop at the end was to put one's foot into when one wanted to load it.Viviette
William J. Locke
I am haunted by the thought that my car may break down when I have a load of wounded.
One of our chaps, taking in a load of wounded, was chased and pelted the other day.
Merely to abstain from definition was like a load taken off my mind.The Conquest of Fear
Two of us were going in company, each with a load of cotton.Biography of a Slave
- the usual amount borne or conveyed
- (in combination)a carload
- a device that receives or dissipates the power from an amplifier, oscillator, generator, or some other source of signals
- the power delivered by a machine, generator, circuit, etc
verb (mainly tr)
- to add weights to dice in order to bias them
- to arrange to have a favourable or unfavourable position
Word Origin for load
"that which is laid upon a person or beast, burden," c.1200, from Old English lad "way, course, carrying," from Proto-Germanic *laitho (cf. Old High German leita, German leite, Old Norse leið "way, course"); related to Old English lædan "to guide," from PIE *leit- "to go forth" (see lead (v.)). Sense shifted 13c. to supplant words based on lade, to which it is not etymologically connected; original association with "guide" is preserved in lodestone. Meaning "amount customarily loaded at one time" is from c.1300.
Figurative sense of "burden weighing on the mind, heart, or soul" is first attested 1590s. Meaning "amount of work" is from 1946. Colloquial loads "lots, heaps" is attested from c.1600. Phrase take a load off (one's) feet "sit down, relax" is from 1914, American English. Get a load of "take a look at" is American English colloquial, attested from 1929.
In addition to the idioms beginning with load
- loaded for bear
- loaded question
- load off one's feet
- load off one's mind, a
- load the dice
- bricks shy of a load
- carbo load
- get a load of
- take the load off