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  • "He loaded the children with cherry branches."
    "He loaded the children with cherry branches."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v load corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones "adulterate liquor"
    • v load fill or place a load on "load a car","load the truck with hay"
    • v load provide (a device) with something necessary "He loaded his gun carefully","load the camera"
    • v load put (something) on a structure or conveyance "load the bags onto the trucks"
    • v load transfer from a storage device to a computer's memory
    • n load goods carried by a large vehicle
    • n load weight to be borne or conveyed
    • n load electrical device to which electrical power is delivered
    • n load the front part of a guided missile or rocket or torpedo that carries the nuclear or explosive charge or the chemical or biological agents
    • n load an onerous or difficult concern "the burden of responsibility","that's a load off my mind"
    • n load a deposit of valuable ore occurring within definite boundaries separating it from surrounding rocks
    • n load the power output of a generator or power plant
    • n load an amount of alcohol sufficient to intoxicate "he got a load on and started a brawl"
    • n load a quantity that can be processed or transported at one time "the system broke down under excessive loads"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"The men set to work to load their muskets." "The men set to work to load their muskets."
Loading a Sled from a Skidway Loading a Sled from a Skidway
A Load of Logs. Flathead County, Montana A Load of Logs. Flathead County, Montana
Load upon. Wichita Load upon. Wichita
Si's Load Begins to Get Heavy 023 Si's Load Begins to Get Heavy 023
The Boys Had a Full Load The Boys Had a Full Load
Car Loaded with Lumber on its Edges by the Automatic Stacker Car Loaded with Lumber on its Edges by the Automatic Stacker

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The term "the whole 9 yards" came from WWII fighter pilots in thePacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 calibermachine gunammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into thefuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9yards."
    • Load 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."
    • Load 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.
    • Load That which burdens, oppresses, or grieves the mind or spirits; as, a load of care. "A . . . load of guilt.""Our life's a load ."
    • Load The amount of work that a person, group, or machine is assigned to perform; as, the boss distributed the load evenly among his employees.
    • Load The charge of a firearm; as, a load of powder.
    • Load (Elec) The device or devices that consume power from a power supply.
    • Load 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.
    • Load (Engineering) The weight or force that a structural support bears or is designed to bear; the object that creates that force.
    • Load (Mach) The work done by a steam engine or other prime mover when working.
    • Load To adulterate or drug; as, to load wine.
    • Load 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. "I strive all in vain to load the cart.""I have loaden me with many spoils.""Those honors deep and broad, wherewith
      Your majesty loads our house."
    • Load To magnetize.
    • Load Weight or violence of blows.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Washing machines use anywhere from 40 to 200 litres of water per load
    • n load See lode.
    • n load That which is carried; a burden laid on or placed in anything, or taken up, for conveyance; specifically, a suitable or customary burden; the amount or quantity that can be or usually is carried: as, a ship's load; a cart-load; wood and hay are often sold by the load.
    • n load That which is upborne or sustained; a burden; a weight resting on or in anything: as, a load of fruit on a tree; a load of learning in the mind.
    • n load Especially—3. That which is hard to be sustained or endured; an oppressive or grievous burden: as, a load of debt; a load of guilt.
    • n load The charge of a firearm: as, a load of buckshot.
    • n load A quantity of strong drink imbibed, or sometimes of food taken, that oppresses, or is more than can be borne comfortably or with propriety: as, he went home late with a load on.
    • n load A unit of measure or weight. By the statute of Edward I., de ponderibus et mensuris, a load (carrus) of lead is 1,500 pounds, and sometimes 168 stone, and in the Peak, 30 fotmals or 2,100 pounds, and of wheat the same. By statutes of George I., a load of wood is 50 cubic feet, and a load of hay 2,016 pounds. By a statute of 27 George III., a load of bulrushes is 63 bundles. Other loads are merely customary. Dr. Young says a load of wheat is 40 bushels; of earth or gravel, 1 cubic yard; of lime, 32 bushels; of oak-bark, 5,040 pounds; of sand, 36 bushels. A load of lead ore in Derbyshire is 9 dishes of from 14 to 16 pints each.
    • n load In mech., the pressure upon any part or the whole of a structure. It consists of the internal load, or permanent load, the weight of the part itself and its fixed attachments, and the external load, arising from pressures of other bodies upon its surface.
    • n load Synonyms and Freight, cargo, lading.
    • n load Pressure, dead-weight, incubus, clog.
    • load To lay a burden on; charge with a load; furnish with lading or cargo; lade: as, to load a camel or a horse; to load a cart or wagon.
    • load To lay as a burden; place upon or in something for conveyance: as, to load cotton on a lighter; to load cargo.
    • load To weigh down; impose something upon, either good or bad; pile; heap; encumber or oppress: with with: as, to load the stomach with sweets; to load the memory with details.
    • load To make heavy by something added or appended; charge, as with something extraneous: as, to load a whip; to load dice.
    • load To make heavy, as a liquid; especially, to falsify, as wine, by mixing with it distilled liquor of some sort, usually accompanied with sugar and other ingredients, for the purpose of making a thin wine appear heavy and fullbodied; also, to increase the weight of, as paper, or textile fabrics, by the addition of clay, starch, or other extrinsic matter.
    • load To place a charge in; charge, as a gun with powder and shot.
    • load In painting:
    • load To mix with white: said of a pigment which in this way is made more solid and opaque.
    • load To paint heavily; apply (color) in solid opaque masses.
    • load To put or take on a load or charge: often with up: as, the travelers loaded and started early; the ship loaded up with a miscellaneous cargo.
    • load To charge a gun or guns: as, the troops loaded and fired rapidly.
    • load To become loaded or burdened; clog up: as, oysters are apt to load with sand.
    • n load In electricity, the output of a generator, motor, or power-station. The load of a direct-current generator depends upon the ohmic resistance of the receiving circuit and is measured in watts, kilowatts, horse-power, or any convenient unit of activity or power. If the electromotive force of the generator is E and the current in the line is I, the product EI gives the load in watts. If there be any source of counter-electromotive force in the circuit, the electromotive force used in overcoming resistance, E′, is less than E and the load is E′ I. In the case of a direct-current motor the load, w, or useful output, is given by the equation w = 2πnT, where T is the effective torque and n is the speed of the motor. The load of such a motor varies with the current supplied to it and is expressed by means of a load curve. In the case of a series-motor on a constant-potential circuit the load curve has the form shown in Fig. 1. It rises to a maximum for a certain value of the current and then falls gradually to zero as the current is further increased. Such a curve is sometimes called the load characteristic. The term load curve is also applied to any curve indicating the load of a machine, as a function of its speed, electromotive force, field excitation, or of any factor upon which in operation it may depend. In the case of an alternating-current machine, as a generator or transformer, the energy consumed in the receiving circuit, which measures the load of the machine, depends on the impedance of the circuit, the difference of phase between the electromotive force and current, and the wave form. We have therefore to distinguish, in such cases, between the inductive load of a circuit having inductance as well as resistance and the non-inductive load of a circuit whose impedance is solely that due to resistance. The load of a power-station or lighting-station, which varies with the time of day, is likewise represented by a load curve. The maximum of this curve, which indicates the time when the demand for power is greatest, is called the peak of the load. The area inclosed by the curve affords a measure of the total energy supplied from the station.
    • n load In a bridge or other structure, the fixed weight of the structure due to the material of which it is made, and which is not removable, or affected by movable weights on the floor or roof.
    • n load In railway service, the weight of cars, trucks, engine, and tender, which must be hauled in order to carry the paying load of freight or passengers.
    • load To add to (the net amount of the premium fixed as the actual cost of issuing a policy of insurance) such an amount as will cover the office expense of carrying the policy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a
    • v.t Load lōd to lade or burden: to put on as much as can be carried: to heap on: to put on overmuch: to confer or give in great abundance: to weigh down, to oppress: to weight by something specially added: to charge, as a gun: to make heavy, as a thin wine: to mix with white: to lay on colour in masses
    • v.i Load to put or take on a load: to charge a gun: to become loaded or burdened
    • n Load a lading or burden: as much as can be carried at once: freight or cargo: a measure: any large quantity borne: a quantity sustained with difficulty: that which burdens or grieves: a weight or encumbrance
    • ***


  • Lena Horne
    Lena Horne
    “It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.”
  • Phillips Brooks
    “I do not pray for a lighter load, but for a stronger back.”
  • Thomas Otway
    Thomas Otway
    “Shining through tears, like April suns in showers, that labor to overcome the cloud that loads em.”
  • Francois FeNelon
    “Do not make best friends with a melancholy sad soul. They always are heavily loaded, and you must bear half.”
  • Greek Proverb
    Greek Proverb
    “When God throws the dice are loaded.”
  • John Ruskin
    “Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.”


Lock and load - This is a military term meaning "be ready and prepared".


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. lode, load, way; properly the same word as lode, but confused with lade, load, v. See Lade Lead (v.) Lode


In literature:

For the first month we were getting as much as an ounce and a-half to the load of sixty buckets.
"Reminiscences of Queensland" by William Henry Corfield
In our loading of East Asia transports, it required one to one and one-half hours to load one battalion.
"Operations Upon the Sea" by Franz Edelsheim
When governing is necessary at all, it is because the prime mover varies in speed from no load to full load.
"Electricity for the farm" by Frederick Irving Anderson
The ferryman clung to a rope and pulled the load over.
"The Johnstown Horror" by James Herbert Walker
Last of all was a big three-ton truck with a miscellaneous load and trailing a small truck loaded with garage tools.
"The Fight for the Argonne" by William Benjamin West
As soon as each transport was loaded it pulled away from the pier and dropped anchor in the stream.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
They more than loaded it, but Kerk appeared that moment with a second tray.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
Before the post-office a terribly grimy touring car stood with its running-boards loaded with canvas-covered suitcases.
"Sawtooth Ranch" by B. M. Bower
Father placed the hay around, so the load would be even on both sides.
"Bobby of Cloverfield Farm" by Helen Fuller Orton
I saw two men loading a cook-stove on one of the scows.
"Young Alaskans in the Far North" by Emerson Hough
We load here in the morning, and I think there'll be plain sailing from here.
"The Young Alaskans on the Trail" by Emerson Hough
You rig this thing on the camera, which is loaded with infrared film.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
He checked the load in his pistol.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Eruption rising vesicular from face and limbs; no fever; tongue greenish and loaded; coughs much.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
It was ready to be loaded for the start.
"Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail" by Ezra Meeker
If there is a constant load of 10 amperes or more, the plant should be started up when the heavy load comes on.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
It's billed loaded with barrels of cube sugar, for Calford.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
U' Ben had a waggon, and he had ridden loads for them before.
"Forging the Blades" by Bertram Mitford
What looks like a great brush heap in the middle of the picture is really a little donkey loaded with brush!
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
Its ordinary load is from 700 to 800 lbs., and it can carry this load ten leagues a day.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 1 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc

In poetry:

Yet when thou dost suppresse
The cheerfulnesse Of thy abode,
And in my powers not stirre abroad,
But leave me to my load:
"A Parodie" by George Herbert
At dawn I rose, and, walking forth,
Met one who toiled upon the road,
Morning or evening nothing loth
With talk to ease his load.
"The Ruined Home" by Annie Adams Fields
From manhood's weary shoulder falls
His load of selfish cares;
And woman takes her rights as flowers
And brooks and birds take theirs.
"June On The Merrimac" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Such was the pity of our God,
He loved the race of man so well,
He sent his Son to bear our load
Of sins, and save our souls from hell.
"Hymn 100" by Isaac Watts
This Sodom felt, and feels it still,
And roars beneath th' eternal load:
"With endless burnings who can dwell?
Or bear the fury of a God?"
"Hymn 22" by Isaac Watts
The next who stopped her upon her way
Was a maid all fair to see,
And " Sister, your load is great," she said,
“So give it, I pray, to me.
"The Woman Who Went To Hell [An Irish Legend]" by Dora Sigerson Shorter

In news:

My son, Will, loaded the canoe at US Highway 79 between Palestine and Jacksonville.
StatBot Posted: Thursday, August 26, 2010 12:00 am (Loading… ) comments.
Whew, that's a load off of my mind.
Prosecutor's case load holds steady.
Consumer debt load in risky territory.
The Eco Ag Harvester is an improved celery harvesting machine which can harvest, wash, bag, box, and load celery onto pallets.
Murex NA Ltd and Cetane Energy LLC announced a new crude oil railcar loading agreement in New Mexico.
They transfer the entire load from your rig to the hull.
It's the biggest slice of pizza I've ever had -- nine inches wide, a foot long, and loaded -- and I'm trying to hide the damned thing in my ragged hunter's jacket side pocket.
Alstom's Prima II locomotive, set in a standard configuration and pulling cars with a total load of 950T, entered the Tunnel from the French side at 10:20 pm and proceeded to perform traction, braking and pantograph tests.
It prevents load and drift and provide rapid stopping of a load.
Northbound I-25 is open again after a dump truck lost its load spilling rocks all over the interstate.
Conditions at Colorado Springs, CO. Northbound I-25 is open again after a dump truck lost its load spilling rocks all over the interstate.
Clarifying structural loads on construction drawings.
Might take a few moments to load.

In science:

This can be the effect of detector loads in a multiparticle environment.
Prototype tests for the ALICE TRD
This definition depends on the size and shape of the ob ject and the external loading.
Formal Considerations about Fracture: Nucleation and Growth
We assume that the load condition above holds.
Computing stationary probability distributions and large deviation rates for constrained random walks. The undecidability results
Vibration of elastic inhomogeneous layer under moving loads // Journ.
Fundamental Solutions in Plane Problem for Anisotropic Elastic Medium Under Moving Oscillating Source
As the total load increases, hki decreases until the load becomes clipped.
Balanced Overlay Networks (BON): Decentralized Load Balancing via Self-Organized Random Networks
In the load clipped regime the algorithm remains the same but the mechanism behind the performance changes to becomes a ball-bin load balancing problem with log N choices.
Balanced Overlay Networks (BON): Decentralized Load Balancing via Self-Organized Random Networks
BON Algorithm Each node’s load, si (t), can change as new load arrives in the network or when existing work is done.
Balanced Overlay Networks (BON): Decentralized Load Balancing via Self-Organized Random Networks
Instead of performing a simple random walk and selecting the last node to receive incoming load, the node on the walk with the largest power per load will be the target (see Algorithm 1).
Balanced Overlay Networks (BON): Decentralized Load Balancing via Self-Organized Random Networks
After a short time this load imbalance dissipates as the rewiring allows load to be distributed throughout the network.
Balanced Overlay Networks (BON): Decentralized Load Balancing via Self-Organized Random Networks
Here we see the cyclical nature of the load standard deviation as a function of network load.
Balanced Overlay Networks (BON): Decentralized Load Balancing via Self-Organized Random Networks
Then the least loaded nodes from the log N choices will be the target to accept the new load.
Balanced Overlay Networks (BON): Decentralized Load Balancing via Self-Organized Random Networks
Since the final breakdown event is very different from the initial precursors up to the peak load, in this section, we present the scaling of the cumulative probability distributions for the fraction of broken bonds at the peak load.
Statistical properties of fracture in a random spring model
We study random fiber bundle model (RFBM) with different threshold strength distributions and load sharing rules. A mixed RFBM within global load sharing scheme is introduced which consists of weak and strong fibers with uniform distribution of threshold strength of fibers having a discontinuity.
Critical behaviour of mixed random fibers, fibers on a chain and random graph
The variation of the critical stress of a one dimensional RFBM with the number of fibers is obtained for strictly uniform distribution and local load sharing using an exact method which assumes one-sided load transfer.
Critical behaviour of mixed random fibers, fibers on a chain and random graph
For a given force F, the fibers break and distribute their load following a load sharing rule until all the fibers have their threshold strength greater than the redistributed stress acting on them.
Critical behaviour of mixed random fibers, fibers on a chain and random graph