A load is a bundle of stuff that has to be carried. You might spend your days hauling loads of hay into a barn and your evenings dragging loads of dirty clothes into the laundry room.

Loads need to be picked up and hauled somewhere, like a load of firewood in a pickup truck or a load of supplies in a hiker's backpack. There are figurative loads too — the responsibility, hardship, or worry that you carry around with you: "Her teaching load is light, which is good because her sick cat is a heavy load on her mind." As a verb, load means "fill," like when you load your lunch box with Twinkies.

Definitions of load
  1. noun
    weight to be borne or conveyed
    synonyms: burden, loading
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    a variant of `burden'
    dead load
    a constant load on a structure (e.g. a bridge) due to the weight of the supported structure itself
    live load, superload
    a variable load on a structure (e.g. a bridge) such as moving traffic
    any load that is difficult to carry
    overburden, overload
    an excessive burden
    an electrical load that exceeds the available electrical power
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    an artifact that is heavy
  2. noun
    goods carried by a large vehicle
    synonyms: cargo, consignment, freight, lading, loading, payload, shipment
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    merchandise, product, ware
    commodities offered for sale
  3. noun
    a quantity that can be processed or transported at one time
    “the system broke down under excessive loads
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    quantity that can be carried by a train
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    indefinite quantity
    an estimated quantity
  4. noun
    an onerous or difficult concern
    “that's a load off my mind”
    synonyms: burden, encumbrance, incumbrance, onus
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    dead weight
    an oppressive encumbrance
    a burden (figuratively in the form of a bundle)
    an uncalled-for burden
    something unpleasant or offensive that must be tolerated or endured
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    concern, headache, vexation, worry
    something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness
  5. verb
    fill or place a load on
    load a car”
    load the truck with hay”
    synonyms: lade, laden, load up
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    load down, pack
    load with a pack
    bomb up
    load an aircraft with bombs
    overcharge, overload, surcharge
    place too much a load on
    place a new load on
    load or cover with stacks
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    fill, fill up, make full
    make full, also in a metaphorical sense
  6. verb
    put (something) on a structure or conveyance
    load the bags onto the trucks”
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    lay, place, pose, position, put, set
    put into a certain place or abstract location
  7. verb
    provide (a device) with something necessary
    “He loaded his gun carefully”
    load the camera”
    synonyms: charge
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    recharge, reload
    load anew
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    fill, fill up, make full
    make full, also in a metaphorical sense
  8. verb
    transfer from a storage device to a computer's memory
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    move from one place to another
  9. noun
    electrical device to which electrical power is delivered
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    electrical device
    a device that produces or is powered by electricity
  10. noun
    the power output of a generator or power plant
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    electric power, electrical power, wattage
    the product of voltage and current
  11. noun
    a deposit of valuable ore occurring within definite boundaries separating it from surrounding rocks
    synonyms: lode
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    champion lode, mother lode
    the main vein of ore in a deposit
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    alluviation, deposit, sedimentation
    the phenomenon of sediment or gravel accumulating
  12. noun
    an amount of alcohol sufficient to intoxicate
    “he got a load on and started a brawl”
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    indefinite quantity
    an estimated quantity
  13. noun
    the front part of a guided missile or rocket or torpedo that carries the nuclear or explosive charge or the chemical or biological agents
    synonyms: payload, warhead
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    atomic warhead, nuclear warhead, nuke, thermonuclear warhead
    the warhead of a missile designed to deliver an atom bomb
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    a chemical substance that undergoes a rapid chemical change (with the production of gas) on being heated or struck
  14. verb
    corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones
    synonyms: adulterate, debase, dilute, stretch
    extend, stretch
    increase in quantity or bulk by adding a cheaper substance
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    water down
    thin by adding water to
    doctor, doctor up, sophisticate
    alter and make impure, as with the intention to deceive
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    corrupt, spoil
    alter from the original
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