So she was stuck, for a goodish bit of time, with a load of red-faced paunches who thought she was the spawn of hell.
If you find him extreme, just wait til you get a load of his boss.
Micah asks one of her dumpster-diving friends, who scored a load of meat too big for any of them to finish.
They load a mummified man, with his face contorted into a scream, onto a medical stretcher.
Today, the quaint spectacle of a stage-managed fairy-tale celebration strikes many of us as a load of garbage.
Nevertheless, ordinarily the best way to discharge the load of a guilty conscience is by pilgrimage.
One of our chaps, taking in a load of wounded, was chased and pelted the other day.
Madam was the first to return, with a beakful of food; she saw me instantly, and was too much excited to dispose of her load.
Merely to abstain from definition was like a load taken off my mind.
The swan flew upward, the crab crawled backward, the pike made with all haste for the water, and the load remained where it was.
"that which is laid upon a person or beast, burden," c.1200, from Old English lad "way, course, carrying," from Proto-Germanic *laitho (cf. Old High German leita, German leite, Old Norse leið "way, course"); related to Old English lædan "to guide," from PIE *leit- "to go forth" (see lead (v.)). Sense shifted 13c. to supplant words based on lade, to which it is not etymologically connected; original association with "guide" is preserved in lodestone. Meaning "amount customarily loaded at one time" is from c.1300.
Figurative sense of "burden weighing on the mind, heart, or soul" is first attested 1590s. Meaning "amount of work" is from 1946. Colloquial loads "lots, heaps" is attested from c.1600. Phrase take a load off (one's) feet "sit down, relax" is from 1914, American English. Get a load of "take a look at" is American English colloquial, attested from 1929.
A departure from normal body content, as of water, salt, or heat. A positive load is a quantity in excess of the normal; a negative load is a deficit.
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.