Main definitions of lade in English

: lade1lade2

lade1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]archaic
  • 1 Put cargo on board (a ship).

    • ‘Slyly, he let it be known that Elissa was working on his behalf and he put her in charge of lading the boats.’
    1. 1.1 Ship (goods) as cargo:
      ‘the surplus products must be laden on board the vessels’
      • ‘Mahabir said he returned to India when the rice was shipped and brought back samples of what had been laded.’
    2. 1.2[no object] (of a ship) take on cargo:
      ‘vessels lade there’

Origin

Old English hladan, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German laden to load, also to ladle and perhaps to lathe.

Pronunciation:

lade

/leɪd/

Main definitions of lade in English

: lade1lade2

lade2

noun

Scottish
  • A channel constructed to carry the swift current of water that drives a mill wheel:

    ‘a lade from off the Tarland Burn’
    • ‘The photograph shows an islander standing in the lade that channels water from the adjacent burn into the waterwheel below.’
    • ‘It is a delightful small country house with cottage, paddock, and original mill lade, dating from about 1830.’
    • ‘The mills embarked on a modernisation programme that included the building of a new hydro-electric scheme, widening of the lade, and a modern power plant.’
    • ‘The weir on the River Ayr where the water was diverted into the mill lade was in danger of being washed away in the next big flood.’
    • ‘The lade ran in its channel along the crest of the hill.’
    • ‘It′s not the only distillery that used to be some sort of mill, but it does have the longest lade in Scotland.’
    • ‘We need the mill lade to be opened up to its full capacity.’
    • ‘He could see that the mill-wheel had gone, and its supports stood up like broken teeth; the lade was choked with rushes.’
    • ‘A group of local residents and business owners are calling on the council to urgently reopen a disused mill lade and culvert to its full capacity.’
    • ‘The capacity of the lade is enormous and it's a natural drain.’

Origin

Early 17th century (in the sense ‘watercourse, mouth of a river’): probably a variation of lead; perhaps confused with lade, the Scots and Northern form of lode.

Pronunciation:

lade

/leɪd/