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 save.

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.

(01 Jul 2002)

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<administration> An informal term used by students and faculty to refer to the number of credits they are studying or teaching, respectively.

(08 Mar 2006)

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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.

3. To magnetize. Loaded dice, dice with one side made heavier than the others, so that the number on the opposite side will come up oftenest.

Origin: Loaded; Loading. Loaden is obsolete, and laden belongs to lade.

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." . " Our life's a load."

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.

7. <machinery> The work done by a steam engine or other prime mover when working. Load line, or Load water line, the line on the outside of a vessel indicating the depth to which it sinks in the water when loaded.

Synonyms: Burden, lading, weight, cargo. See Burden.

Origin: OE. Lode load, way; properly the same word as lode, but confused with lade, load, v. See Lade, Lead, Lode.

(01 Mar 1998)

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