load

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.

Primary Meanings of load

1.
nv
weight to be borne or conveyed
fill or place a load on
2.
n
electrical device to which electrical power is delivered
3.
n
a deposit of valuable ore occurring within definite boundaries separating it from surrounding rocks
4.
n
an amount of alcohol sufficient to intoxicate
5.
n
the front part of a guided missile or rocket or torpedo that carries the nuclear or explosive charge or the chemical or biological agents
6.
v
corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones
Full Definitions of load
1

n weight to be borne or conveyed

Synonyms:
burden, loading
Types:
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burthen
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
millstone
any load that is difficult to carry
overburden, overload
an excessive burden
overload
an electrical load that exceeds the available electrical power
Type of:
weight
an artifact that is heavy

n goods carried by a large vehicle

Synonyms:
cargo, consignment, freight, lading, loading, payload, shipment
Type of:
merchandise, product, ware
commodities offered for sale

n a quantity that can be processed or transported at one time

“the system broke down under excessive loads
Synonyms:
loading
Types:
trainload
quantity that can be carried by a train
Type of:
indefinite quantity
an estimated quantity

n an onerous or difficult concern

“that's a load off my mind”
Synonyms:
burden, encumbrance, incumbrance, onus
Types:
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dead weight
an oppressive encumbrance
fardel
a burden (figuratively in the form of a bundle)
imposition
an uncalled-for burden
pill
something unpleasant or offensive that must be tolerated or endured
Type of:
concern, headache, vexation, worry
something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness

v fill or place a load on

load a car”
load the truck with hay”
Synonyms:
lade, laden, load up
Types:
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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
reload
place a new load on
stack
load or cover with stacks
Type of:
fill, fill up, make full
make full, also in a metaphorical sense

v put (something) on a structure or conveyance

load the bags onto the trucks”
Type of:
lay, place, pose, position, put, set
put into a certain place or abstract location

v provide (a device) with something necessary

“He loaded his gun carefully”
load the camera”
Synonyms:
charge
Types:
recharge, reload
load anew
Type of:
fill, fill up, make full
make full, also in a metaphorical sense

v transfer from a storage device to a computer's memory

Type of:
transfer
move from one place to another
2

n electrical device to which electrical power is delivered

Type of:
electrical device
a device that produces or is powered by electricity

n the power output of a generator or power plant

Type of:
electric power, electrical power, wattage
the product of voltage and current
3

n a deposit of valuable ore occurring within definite boundaries separating it from surrounding rocks

Synonyms:
lode
Types:
champion lode, mother lode
the main vein of ore in a deposit
Type of:
alluviation, deposit, sedimentation
the phenomenon of sediment or gravel accumulating
4

n an amount of alcohol sufficient to intoxicate

“he got a load on and started a brawl”
Type of:
indefinite quantity
an estimated quantity
5

n 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
Types:
atomic warhead, nuclear warhead, nuke, thermonuclear warhead
the warhead of a missile designed to deliver an atom bomb
Type of:
explosive
a chemical substance that undergoes a rapid chemical change (with the production of gas) on being heated or struck
6

v 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
Types:
water down
thin by adding water to
doctor, doctor up, sophisticate
alter and make impure, as with the intention to deceive
Type of:
corrupt, spoil
alter from the original

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