- 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)
- loa loa,
- load displacement,
- load factor,
- load fund,
- load line,
- load module
- to look at; notice; observe.
- to listen to with interest: Did you get a load of what she said?
Origin of load
Examples from the Web for 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|James Poulos|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Biden made many visits to Baghdad and no doubt get fed a load of bull about inclusion on each one.
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|Alex Chancey|July 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Peter Schwartzstein|June 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
On December 21 the load on the sledge was stripped down to tent, dip-circle, theodolite, cooker and a little food.The Home of the Blizzard|Douglas Mawson
So next morning she said nothing when she saw a camel with two panniers kneeling in front of the tent, ready for its load.The Adventures of Akbar|Flora Annie Steel
Four of these slabs are considered as a load for an ass, and six for a bullock.
If we load it with the oil of luxury, it will give an additional vigor, but in the end, clog and impede the motion.An History of Birmingham (1783)|William Hutton
I would hint that Mr. Hines and similar zealots might disembarrass him of this load, if he asked them nicely.And Even Now|Max Beerbohm
- 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.
late 15c., "to place in or on a vehicle," from load (n.). Transitive sense of "to put a load in or on" is from c.1500; of firearms from 1620s. Of a vehicle, "to fill with passengers," from 1832. Related: Loaded; loaden (obs.); loading.
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