- the amount or weight of cargo, number of passengers, etc., that an aircraft, vehicle, or vessel can carry.
- the percentage of available seats, space, or maximum carrying weight paid for and used by passengers, shippers, etc.: An airline can't profit on a 40 percent load factor.
- Electricity. the ratio of the average load over a designated period of time to the peak load occurring in that period.
Origin of load factor
First recorded in 1890–95
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- the ratio of the average electric load to the peak load over a period of time
- the ratio of a given external load to the weight of an aircraft
- the actual payload carried by an aircraft as a percentage of its maximum payload
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