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. 1.1Ship (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 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.’
    • ‘We need the mill lade to be opened up to its full capacity.’
    • ‘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 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 is a delightful small country house with cottage, paddock, and original mill lade, dating from about 1830.’
    • ‘The photograph shows an islander standing in the lade that channels water from the adjacent burn into the waterwheel below.’
    • ‘He could see that the mill-wheel had gone, and its supports stood up like broken teeth; the lade was choked with rushes.’
    • ‘The capacity of the lade is enormous and it's a natural drain.’
    • ‘It′s not the only distillery that used to be some sort of mill, but it does have the longest lade in Scotland.’

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/