[syn: load, adulterate, stretch, dilute, debase]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Load \Load\ (l[=o]d), n. [OE. lode load, way; properly the same
word as lode, but confused with lade, load, v. See Lade,
Lead, v., Lode.]
1. 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. --Gower.
2. 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.
3. That which burdens, oppresses, or grieves the mind or
spirits; as, a load of care. " A . . . load of guilt."
--Ray. " Our life's a load." --Dryden.
4. 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.
5. The charge of a firearm; as, a load of powder.
6. Weight or violence of blows. [Obs.] --Milton.
7. (Mach.) The work done by a steam engine or other prime
mover when working.
8. The amount of work that a person, group, or machine is
assigned to perform; as, the boss distributed the load
evenly among his employees.
9. (Elec.) The device or devices that consume power from a
10. (Engineering) The weight or force that a structural
support bears or is designed to bear; the object that
creates that force.
Load line, or Load water line (Naut.), the line on the
outside of a vessel indicating the depth to which it sinks
in the water when loaded.
Syn: Burden; lading; weight; cargo. See Burden.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Load \Load\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Loaded; p. pr. & vb. n.
Loading. Loaden is obsolete, and laden belongs to lade.]
1. 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. --Gascoigne.
I have loaden me with many spoils. --Shak.
Those honors deep and broad, wherewith
Your majesty loads our house. --Shak.
2. To adulterate or drug; as, to load wine. [Cant]
3. To magnetize. [Obs.] --Prior.
Loaded dice, dice with one side made heavier than the
others, so that the number on the opposite side will come
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: weight to be borne or conveyed [syn: load, loading,
2: a quantity that can be processed or transported at one time;
"the system broke down under excessive loads" [syn: load,
3: goods carried by a large vehicle [syn: cargo, lading,
freight, load, loading, payload, shipment,
4: an amount of alcohol sufficient to intoxicate; "he got a load
on and started a brawl"
5: the power output of a generator or power plant
6: an onerous or difficult concern; "the burden of
responsibility"; "that's a load off my mind" [syn: burden,
load, encumbrance, incumbrance, onus]
7: a deposit of valuable ore occurring within definite
boundaries separating it from surrounding rocks [syn: lode,
8: the front part of a guided missile or rocket or torpedo that
carries the nuclear or explosive charge or the chemical or
biological agents [syn: warhead, payload, load]
9: electrical device to which electrical power is delivered
v 1: fill or place a load on; "load a car"; "load the truck with
hay" [syn: load, lade, laden, load up]
2: provide (a device) with something necessary; "He loaded his
gun carefully"; "load the camera" [syn: load, charge]
3: transfer from a storage device to a computer's memory
4: put (something) on a structure or conveyance; "load the bags
onto the trucks"
5: corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or
inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients
with inferior ones; "adulterate liquor" [syn: load,
adulterate, stretch, dilute, debase]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
263 Moby Thesaurus words for "load":
abundance, acres, adulterate, affliction, albatross, anxiety, bag,
baggage, bags, bale, barrel, barrels, bear, bear hard upon,
bellyful, bitter cup, bitter draft, bitter draught, bitter pill,
blast, bottle, box, brim, bumper, burden, burden of care,
burdening, burthen, bushel, can, cankerworm of care, capacity,
care, cargo, carload, carry, cartload, ceil, charge, charging,
chock, choke, cock, complement, congest, consignment, convey, cook,
copiousness, countlessness, cram, crate, cross, crowd,
crown of thorns, crush, cumber, cumbrance, curse, deadweight,
debase, detonate, difficulty, disadvantage, discharge, distress,
doctor, drag, drain, drop, duty, eject, embarrassment, encumber,
encumbrance, face, fake, feather, fell, fill, fill to overflowing,
fill up, fire, fire off, flood, freight, freightage, full house,
full load, full measure, fur, gall, gall and wormwood,
get up steam, glut, go hard with, go ill with, gobs, goods, gorge,
grievance, gun, gun for, hamper, handicap, haul, heap, heap up,
hit, impediment, impedimenta, imposition, inconvenience, incubus,
incumbency, infliction, inlay, interline, jam, jam up, jam-pack,
juggle, lade, lading, let fly, let off, liability, lie on, line,
loading, luggage, lumber, manipulate, mass, millstone, mountain,
mouthful, much, multitude, numerousness, obligation, ocean, oceans,
onus, oodles, oppress, oppression, overburden, overfill, overload,
oversupply, overtax, overtaxing, overweight, overweighting,
overwhelm, pack, pack away, pack of troubles, pad, parcel, payload,
peck, peck of troubles, pelt, penalty, pepper, pick off, pile,
pistol, plant, plenitude, plenty, plug, pocket, pot, potshoot,
potshot, press hard upon, pressure, prime, profusion, quantities,
quantity, ram in, responsibility, rest hard upon, retouch, riddle,
rig, sack, saddle, saddle with, saddling, salt, satiate, saturate,
sea, sea of troubles, set, ship, shipload, shipment, shoot,
shoot at, shoot down, skinful, slew, snipe, snootful, sophisticate,
sorrow, spate, squeeze, stack, steam up, store, stow, strike,
stuff, superabundance, supercharge, superfluity, superincumbency,
surcharge, surfeit, swamp, take a potshot, tamper with, task, tax,
taxing, thorn, tons, top off, torpedo, trailerload, trainload,
transport, trouble, truckload, try one, vanload, volume, wad, wads,
wainscot, warhead, warm up, waters of bitterness, weigh,
weigh down, weigh heavy on, weigh on, weigh upon, weight,
white elephant, wind, wind up, woe, world, worlds, worry
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
1. To copy data (often program code to be run) into
memory, possibly parsing it somehow in the process.
E.g. "WordPerfect can't load this RTF file - are you sure
it didn't get corrupted in the download?" Opposite of
2. The degree to which a computer, network, or other
resource is used, sometimes expressed as a percentage of the
maximum available. E.g. "What kind of CPU load does that
program give?", "The network's constantly running at 100%
load". Sometimes used, by extension, to mean "to increase the
level of use of a resource". E.g. "Loading a spreadsheet
really loads the CPU". See also: load balancing.
3. To install a piece of software onto a system.
E.g. "The computer guy is gonna come load Excel on my laptop
for me". This usage is widely considered to be incorrect.