• A burden; a weight to be carried.
  • A worry or concern to be endured, especially in the phrase a load off one's mind.
  • A certain number of articles or quantity of material that can be transported or processed at one time.
  • A quantity of washing put into a washing machine for a wash cycle.
  • A large number or amount.
  • The volume of work required to be performed.
  • The force exerted on a structural component such as a beam, girder, cable etc.
  • The electrical current or power delivered by a device.
  • A resistive force encountered by a prime mover when performing work.
  • Any component that draws current or power from an electrical circuit.
  • A unit of measure for various quantities.
  • The viral load
  • A very small explosive inserted as a gag into a cigarette or cigar.
  • The charge of powder for a firearm.
  • Weight or violence of blows.
  • The contents (e.g. semen) of an ejaculation.
  • Nonsense; rubbish.
  • 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.
  • To put a load on something.
  • To receive a load.
  • To be placed into storage or conveyance.
  • To fill (a firearm or artillery) with munition.
  • To insert (an item or items) into an apparatus so as to ready it for operation, such as a reel of film into a camera, sheets of paper into a printer etc.
  • To fill (an apparatus) with raw material.
  • To read (data or a program) from a storage medium into computer memory.
  • To transfer from a storage medium into computer memory.
  • To put runners on first, second and third bases
  • To tamper with so as to produce a biased outcome.
  • To ask or adapt a question so that it will be more likely to be answered in a certain way.
  • To encumber with something negative, to place as an encumbrance.
  • To provide in abundance.
  • To weight (a cane, whip, etc.) with lead or similar.
  • To adulterate or drug.
  • To magnetize.


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  • 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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