O.E. hladan (past tense hlod, pp. gehladen) "to load, heap" (the general Gmc. sense), also "to draw water" (a meaning peculiar to Eng.), from P.Gmc. *khlad- (cf. O.N. hlaða, O.Fris. hlada, O.H.G. hladen, Ger. laden), from PIE *klat- (cf. Lith. kloti "to spread," O.C.S. klado "to set, place").