Definition of lading in English:



mass nounarchaic
  • 1The action of loading a ship with cargo.

    • ‘Up to c. 1700, Britain's ports had been largely natural coastal or riverside sites, sometimes with quays and wharfs for lading, and beaching vessels at low tide.’
    • ‘The fifth autumn was rich in golden cornstacks, rising in thick clusters among the distant hedgerows; the wharves and warehouses on the Floss were busy again, with echoes of eager voices, with hopeful lading and unlading.’
    • ‘He also included raw materials costs only, skipping lading, storage, overages, and shrinkage.’
    • ‘I also agree with the Arbitrators that delivery against the Bill of lading was not necessary’
    • ‘Goods were winched down into their holds and when their lading was complete, tow galleys moved the ships into the harbor where they apparently set sail for whatever port they were bound for.’
    1. 1.1count noun A cargo.
      • ‘It is used mainly for transportation of coal, iron and steel products and other lading not requiring protection from the weather.’
      freight, cargo
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