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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LOAD

The iron loop at the end was to put one's foot into when one wanted to load it.

I am haunted by the thought that my car may break down when I have a load of wounded.

One of our chaps, taking in a load of wounded, was chased and pelted the other day.

Merely to abstain from definition was like a load taken off my mind.

Two of us were going in company, each with a load of cotton.

The Pelican by this time had got rid of her load of fish and settled herself for conversation.

Allis's success with Lauzanne had taken a load from her spirits.

The proportions of these must be based upon the load to be carried.

As the load is increased so must the surface area of the planes be increased.

His load was missing: evidently one of the askaris had taken it up.

WORD ORIGIN

"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.

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