1. a person or thing that loads.
  2. a self-propelled machine with a shovel or bucket at the end of articulated arms, used to raise earth or other material and load it into a dump truck.

Origin of loader

Middle English loder; see load, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for loader


  1. a person who loads a gun or other firearm
  2. (in combination) designating a firearm or machine loaded in a particular waybreech-loader; top-loader
  3. computing a system program that takes a program in a form close to machine code and places it into a memory for execution
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Word Origin and History for loader

late 15c., "person who loads," agent noun from load (v.). Of machinery, by 1862.

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