Meaning of LOAD in English


I. load 1 S1 W3 /ləʊd $ loʊd/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: lad 'support, carrying' ]

1 . AMOUNT OF SOMETHING a large quantity of something that is carried by a vehicle, person etc

load of

a load of wood

The lorry had shed its load (=the load had fallen off) .

The plane was carrying a full load of fuel.

2 . a load (of something) ( also loads (of something) British English ) informal a lot of something:

We got a load of complaints about the loud music.

Don’t worry, there’s loads of time

loads to do/see/eat etc

There’s loads to see in Paris.

3 . a bus load/car load/truck load etc the largest amount of something that a vehicle can carry:

a bus load of tourists

4 . a load of crap/bull etc ( also a load of rubbish British English ) spoken not polite used to say that something is bad, untrue, or stupid:

I thought the game was a load of crap.

5 . WORK the amount of work that a person or machine has to do:

The computer couldn’t handle the load and crashed.

a light/heavy load (=not much or a lot of work)

Hans has a heavy teaching load this semester.

My work load has doubled since Henry left.

They hired more staff in order to spread the load.

6 . WORRY a problem or worry that is difficult to deal with:

When someone is depressed, the extra load of having financial problems can make the situation worse.

Knowing he was safe was a load off my mind (=I felt less worried) .

Coping with ill health was a heavy load to bear.

7 . WASHING a quantity of clothes that are washed together in a washing machine:

I’ve already done three loads of laundry this morning.

8 . get a load of somebody/something spoken used to tell someone to look at or listen to something that is surprising or funny:

Get a load of this! Your stars say you are going to meet someone who’s rich.

9 . WEIGHT the amount of weight that something is supporting:

a load-bearing wall

It increased the load on the wheels.

10 . ELECTRICITY technical an amount of electrical power that is being produced

II. load 2 BrE AmE verb

1 . [intransitive and transitive] ( also load up ) to put a large quantity of something into a vehicle or container OPP unload :

Have you finished loading up?

It took an hour to load the van.

Will you help me load the dishwasher?

load something into/onto something

Emma loaded all the groceries into the car.

He loaded the cups onto a tray.

load something with something

She loaded up the car with camping gear.

2 . [transitive] to put a necessary part into something in order to make it work, for example bullets into a gun or film into a camera

load something with something

Did you load it with 200 or 400 film?

load something into something

Can you load the CD into the player, please?

3 . [intransitive and transitive] to put a program into a computer:

The program takes a while to load.

To load the file, press the ‘return’ key.

4 . [intransitive] ( also load up ) if a ship, aircraft etc loads, goods are put onto it:

The first ship to load at the new port was the ‘Secil Angola’.

load with

The boat called at Lerwick to load up with fresh vegetables.

load somebody/something down phrasal verb

1 . [usually passive] to give someone more work or problems than they can deal with SYN weigh down

be/feel loaded down with something

Jane felt loaded down with money worries.

2 . to make someone carry too many things SYN weigh down

be loaded down with something

I was loaded down with bags so I took a taxi.

load up on something phrasal verb American English

to get a lot of something so that you are sure you will have enough SYN stock up (on) :

People were loading up on bottled water.

load somebody (up) with something phrasal verb

to give someone a lot of things, especially things they have to carry

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.