load

v.

  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.
  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.
  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. The work done by a steam engine or other prime mover when working.

v. t.

  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.
  2. To adulterate or drug; as, to load wine.
  3. To magnetize.