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loading

[loh-ding]
noun
1.
the act of a person or thing that loads.
2.
that with which something is loaded; load, burden, or charge.
3.
Electricity. the process of adding reactance to a telephone circuit, radio antenna, etc.
4.
Aeronautics. the ratio of the gross weight of an airplane to engine power (power loading) wing span (span loading) or wing area (wing loading)
5.
Insurance. an addition to the net premium, to cover expenses and allow a margin for contingencies and profit.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English; see load, -ing1

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loading (ˈləʊdɪŋ)
 
n
1.  a load or burden; weight
2.  See loading coil the addition of an inductance to electrical equipment, such as a transmission line or aerial, to improve its performance
3.  an addition to an insurance premium to cover expenses, provide a safer profit margin, etc
4.  the ratio of the gross weight of an aircraft to its engine power (power loading), wing area (wing loading), or some other parameter, or of the gross weight of a helicopter to its rotor disc area (disc loading)
5.  psychol the correlation of a factor, such as a personality trait, with a performance score derived from a psychological test
6.  material, such as china clay or size, added to paper, textiles, or similar materials to produce a smooth surface, increase weight, etc
7.  (Austral), (NZ) a payment made in addition to a basic wage or salary to reward special skills, compensate for unfavourable conditions, etc

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Medical Dictionary

loading load·ing (lō'dĭng)
n.
The administration of a substance for the purpose of testing metabolic function.

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The length of the span adjacent to the main span is limited in order to avoid exceeding main span loading limitations.
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