Load

Definition of Load

Pronunciation: lōd
n.1.A burden; that which is laid on or put in anything for conveyance; that which is borne or sustained; a weight; as, a heavy load.
He might such a load
To town with his ass carry.
- Gower.
2.The quantity which can be carried or drawn in some specified way; the contents of a cart, barrow, or vessel; that which will constitute a cargo; lading.
3.That which burdens, oppresses, or grieves the mind or spirits; as, a load of care.
4.A particular measure for certain articles, being as much as may be carried at one time by the conveyance commonly used for the article measured; as, a load of wood; a load of hay; specifically, five quarters.
5.The charge of a firearm; as, a load of powder.
6.Weight or violence of blows.
7.(Mach.) The work done by a steam engine or other prime mover when working.
8.The amount of work that a person, group, or machine is assigned to perform; as, the boss distributed the load evenly among his employees.
9.(Elec.) The device or devices that consume power from a power supply.
10.(Engineering) The weight or force that a structural support bears or is designed to bear; the object that creates that force.
Load line
(Naut.) the line on the outside of a vessel indicating the depth to which it sinks in the water when loaded.
v. t.1.To lay a load or burden on or in, as on a horse or in a cart; to charge with a load, as a gun; to furnish with a lading or cargo, as a ship; hence, to add weight to, so as to oppress or embarrass; to heap upon.
[imp. & p. p. Loaded; p. pr. & vb. n. Loading. Loaden is obsolete, and laden belongs to lade.]
I strive all in vain to load the cart.
- Gascoigne.
I have loaden me with many spoils.
- Shak.
Those honors deep and broad, wherewith
Your majesty loads our house.
- Shak.
2.To adulterate or drug; as, to load wine.
3.To magnetize.
Loaded dice
dice with one side made heavier than the others, so that the number on the opposite side will come up oftenest.

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