load, loading, loaded

(just a few of the many important words with several applications in common practice and referring to special technical and scientific operations)

base load
The average amount of electric power that a utility must supply in any period.
The demand on an energy producing system; the energy consumption or requirement of a piece or group of equipment.

Usually expressed in terms of amperes or watts in reference to electricity.

load (s) (noun), loads (pl)
1. Anything that is lifted and carried: Courtney lifted the load of books that was in the box and carried them to the library.

Sharon was carrying a heavy load of legal documents in her briefcase.

2. The amount of something that can be carried at one time: Emmet picked up a load of bottled water and stored it in the basement.

A tractor trailer load of new appliances was delivered to the store.

3. Anything that is transported by a vehicle, ship, or aircraft: The truck was carrying a load of bricks for the new wall.
4. The weight which is carried or supported by something: Deana was told that if she lost weight, it would lower the load on her knees.
5. Anything that causes worry or sadness: Logan's death is a heavy load for his wife to bear.
6. A difficult responsibility: Willa was told that there was a lot of work to be done for the project and she had to be prepared to carry her share of the load.
7. Informally, a large amount of something: Selma and Dolly told Mavis that they had had loads of fun at her birthday party.
8. The amount of work that is done or which is expected to be done: Ms. Abby had a full load of teaching work.
9. The amount of power used by an electrical device or produced by a power source: The electrical system in the building failed because it couldn't handle the heavy load of users.
10. The imposed force of pressure and weight that is supported by a structure or a body: A load is what is laid upon a person, an animal, or a vehicle for conveyance, or what is customarily imposed; such as, a two-horse load.

The same weight that a person finds to be a moderate load, when he or she is in full strength, becomes a heavy load when a person is weary or weak.

A ship's load refers to a cargo, or it may be known as freight or lading.

11. An amount of items that is washed or to be washed in a washing machine or a dishwasher in one session: Jolene does at least three loads of washing every week for her family.
load (verb), loads; loaded; loading
1. To put a quantity of something in or on another thing or person: The delivery man was loading his vehicle with packages.

Fidel and his wife, Petra, loaded up the car for their vacation and drove off early the next morning.

2. To supply with a large amount of something: Mike's mother loaded the table with delicious foods for his birthday party.
3. To put something necessary into a device or a machine so it can function: Ken had to load his data into his computer program so it would be available for interested visitors.
4. To board a vehicle, boat, etc. with passengers: The bus stopped several times to load and to unload passengers.

Mark loaded the products into the van so they could be delivered the next day.

load center (s) (noun), load centers (pl)
With electricity, a geographical area in which large amounts of plower are drawn by end users.
load circuit
The wire, switches, fuses, etc. that connect the load to the power source.
load current (A)
The current required by the electrical device.
load resistance
The resistance presented by the load.
load, load lode, lowed
load (LOHD) (noun)
1. Something that is lifted and carried: "Thaddeus was carrying a heavy load of legal papers in his briefcase."
2. Something that causes worry or sadness: "Mary's death is a heavy load for her sister to bear."
load (LOHD) (verb)
To cause a program, file, etc. to start functioning or to be displayed on the computer's monitor: "This new program takes less time to load now than it did before."
lode (LOHD) (noun)
An amount of a mineral; such as, gold or silver, that fills a crack or space in rock which is often used in a figurative sense: "In Susan's books, she appeared to mine the seemingly endless lode of her personal life."

"The library's collection of old newspapers has proven to be a mother lode of information about the town's early history."

lowed (LOHD) (verb)
The characteristic sound uttered by cattle; a moo: "It was easy to hear the cattle as they lowed in the pasture."

When the miners were moving a load of sand, they discovered a lode of silver ore. They loaded the ore on the cart drawn by oxen which lowed quietly as they descended the mountain.

loaded (adjective), more loaded, most loaded
1. A reference to something that has certain contents: Richard had a loaded gun so he could practice shooting at a target.

Sam used loaded dice when he was playing a board game.

2. Having a large amount of what is wanted or considered necessary: The loaded soccer team had as many good players as the coach could include for the championship game.
loader (s) (noun), loaders (pl) [top loader, front loader]
1. In computer science, a program which transfers data from an off-line memory to an on-line memory by means of an input or storage device: "The programmer used a loader to expand and revise the contents of the website."
2. An apparatus; such as, a machine for washing clothes that is loaded in a specified way: "The customer had a choice of buying a top loader or a front loader washing machine."
overloader (s) (noun), overloaders (pl)
A loading machine that digs with a bucket, raises the bucket, and swings it in a wide horizontal arc to a dumping point for deposit.
peak demand/load
The maximum energy demand or load in a specified time period.
phantom load
Continuous electricity use by appliances, television sets, computers, and other such devices even when they are ostensibly not operating; such as, a computer or printer in "sleep" mode.
reload (verb), reloads; reloaded; reloading
1. To put data and content info a computer's memory again: "If either the images or text don't display properly, reload this page."
2. To place (cargo, goods, etc.) back on (a ship, a truck, etc.): "The furniture movers reloaded their truck with other furniture for a new delivery assignment to those in the hotel."