|Origin:||lad 'support, carrying'|
load1 S2 W3 [countable]
a large quantity of something that is carried by a vehicle, person etc
amount of something
a load of wood
The lorry had shed its load (=the load had fallen off).
The plane was carrying a full load of fuel.
2 loads (of something) British English informal
a lot of something:
We got a load of complaints about the loud music.
Don't worry, there's loads of time
loads to do/see/eat etc
There's loads to see in Paris.
the largest amount of something that a vehicle can carry:
a bus load of tourists
4 a load of rubbish British English spoken not polite
used to say that something is bad, untrue, or stupid:
• I thought the game was a load of crap.
the amount of work that a person or machine has to do:
The computer couldn't handle the load and crashed.
a light/heavy load (=not much or a lot of work)
Hans has a heavy teaching load this semester.
My work load has doubled since Henry left.
They hired more staff in order to spread the load.
a problem or worry that is difficult to deal with:
When someone is depressed, the extra load of having financial problems can make the situation worse.
Knowing he was safe was a load off my mind (=I felt less worried).
Coping with ill health was a heavy load to bear.
a quantity of clothes that are washed together in a washing machine:
I've already done three loads of laundry this morning.
used to tell someone to look at or listen to something that is surprising or funny:
Get a load of this! Your stars say you are going to meet someone who's rich.
the amount of weight that something is supporting:
a load-bearing wall
It increased the load on the wheels.
an amount of electrical power that is being produced