Definition of load noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ləʊd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//loʊd//
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    something carried
  1. 1  [countable] something that is being carried (usually in large amounts) by a person, vehicle, etc. synonym cargo The trucks waited at the warehouse to pick up their loads. The women came down the hill with their loads of firewood. These backpacks are designed to carry a heavy load. A lorry shed its load (= accidentally dropped its load) on the motorway.
  2. 2  [countable] (often in compounds) the total amount of something that something can carry or contain a busload of tourists They ordered three truckloads of sand. He put half a load of washing in the machine. The plane took off with a full load.
  3. weight
  4. 3[countable, usually singular] the amount of weight that is pressing down on something a load-bearing wall Modern backpacks spread the load over a wider area.
  5. large amount
  6. 4  [singular] (also loads [plural]) load (of something) (informal) a large number or amount of somebody/something; plenty She's got loads of friends. There's loads to do today. He wrote loads and loads of letters to people. Uncle Jim brought a whole load of presents for the kids. We saw a load of houses before we bought this one.
  7. rubbish/nonsense
  8. 5  [singular] load of rubbish, garbage, nonsense, etc. (informal, especially British English) used to emphasize that something is wrong, stupid, bad, etc. You're talking a load of rubbish.
  9. work
  10. 6[countable] an amount of work that a person or machine has to do Teaching loads have increased in all types of school. Extra warmth from sunlight can put an additional load on the air-conditioning system. see also caseload, workload
  11. responsibility/worry
  12. 7[countable, usually singular] a feeling of responsibility or worry that is difficult to deal with synonym burden She thought she would not be able to bear the load of bringing up her family alone. Knowing that they had arrived safely took a load off my mind.
  13. electrical power
  14. 8[countable] the amount of electrical power that is being supplied at a particular time
  15. Word OriginOld English lād ‘way, journey, conveyance’, of Germanic origin: related to German Leite, also to lead; compare with lode. The verb dates from the late 15th cent.Extra examples A lorry has shed its load on the the A77 near Ballantrae. He has a heavy teaching load this year. Many companies are burdened by high debt loads. Maximum load, including passengers, is 800 pounds. The airline simply couldn’t handle the passenger load. The plane took off with a full load. The table creaked under its heavy load. They haul loads of produce to market. We’re trying to spread the load by employing more staff. a peak load of about 11.5 GW A truck had shed its load on the way to the depot. Be careful not to demolish a load-bearing wall. They struggled down the hill with their loads of firewood.Idioms
    get a load of somebody/something
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    (informal) used to tell somebody to look at or listen to somebody/something Get a load of that dress!
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