span loading

noun Aeronautics.

See under loading(def 4).

Definition for span loading (2 of 2)

[ loh-ding ]
/ ˈloʊ dɪŋ /


the act of a person or thing that loads.
that with which something is loaded; load, burden, or charge.
Electricity. the process of adding reactance to a telephone circuit, radio antenna, etc.
Aeronautics. the ratio of the gross weight of an airplane to engine power (power loading), wing span (span loading), or wing area (wing loading).
Insurance. an addition to the net premium, to cover expenses and allow a margin for contingencies and profit.

Origin of loading

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at load, -ing1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for span loading

/ (ˈləʊdɪŋ) /


Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for span loading

[ lōdĭng ]


The administration of a substance for the purpose of testing metabolic function.
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