The process of loading something, i.e. transferring it into memory or over a network, etc.
(cyberterm/slang) An acronym that later became a noun describing a person that spent all day online "Living Online All Day." The term was originally used in the late 1980s to describe users on free Q-Link (later America Online) accounts who never signed off the system at great expense to the company.
To put a load on or in (a means of conveyance or a place of storage).
To place in or on a conveyance or a place of storage.
The sense of “burden” first arose in the 13th century as a secondary meaning of Middle English lode, loade, which had the main significance of “way, course, journey”, from Old English lād ("course, journey; way, street, waterway; leading, carrying; maintenance, support") (ultimately from Proto-Germanic *laidō ("leading, way"), Proto-Indo-European *leyt- ("to go, go forth, die"), cognate with Middle Low German leide ("entourage, escort"), German Leite ("line, course, load"), Swedish led ("way, trail, line"), Icelandic leið ("way, course, route")).
As such, load is a lode, which has preserved the older meaning.
Most likely, the semantic extension of the Middle English substantive arose by conflation with the (etymologically unrelated) verb lade; however, Middle English lode occurs only as a substantive; the transitive verb load is recorded only in the 16th century (frequently in Shakespeare),
Walter W. Skeat, An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (2013), .
and (except for the participle laden) has largely supplanted lade in modern English."but lade is now usually replaced in the present and the past tense by load, a derivative from the noun load". Hans Kurath, George Oliver Curme, A grammar of the English language vol. 2 (1935), p. 262.
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