[ loh-der ]

  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

Words Nearby loader

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How to use loader in a sentence

  • Rushing into the house, he snatched down his old muzzle-loader from the pegs where it hung on the kitchen wall.

    The Backwoodsmen | Charles G. D. Roberts
  • As the field was very smooth and free from stones, a hay loader was used to place the hay upon the wagon.

British Dictionary definitions for loader


/ (ˈləʊdə) /

  1. a person who loads a gun or other firearm

  2. (in combination) designating a firearm or machine loaded in a particular way: breech-loader; top-loader

  1. 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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