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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 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.’
- 1.2[no object] (of a ship) take on cargo:‘vessels lade there’
Old English hladan, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German laden to load, also to ladle and perhaps to lathe.
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.’
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.
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