One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The application of a mechanical load or force to something.‘the branches of a tree diminish in cross section according to their loading’
- ‘The tests were carried out with different methods and directions of mechanical loading in order to initiate the movement of each sapling.’
- ‘Relative loads take into account both amplitude and duration of loading (force over time).’
- ‘Both tectonic stress and gravitational loading by overburden can produce pressure dissolution.’
- ‘If the microtraumatic damage to bone is greater than the capacity of bone to repair it, a stress fracture may occur at the site of repetitive loading.’
- ‘The natural stimulus for bone to maintain its functional strength is the loading which results from gravitational forces and the tensions exerted by muscular activity.’
- ‘Any retained austenite in the steel microstructure can transform under mechanical loading to martensite with a resulting increase in volume.’
- ‘Just by holding the clutch down I could see how hard it is to hold the car; I can imagine how hard it would be to hold the car when the car is under the strain of the centrifugal loading.’
- ‘Since they are mechanical, increase the loading on the joint and it wears out quicker.’
- ‘Using cables to pull the subject downward, the same impact load, bone stress and muscular loading will be reproduced in weightlessness as if they were running or walking on Earth.’
- ‘The backstripped tectonic subsidence curves presented here indicate that the Late Carboniferous South Wales coalfield probably formed due to flexural loading in a foreland basin setting.’
- ‘In this study we combined simultaneous mechanical loading and visualization of the microstructural components in the same arterial specimen.’
- ‘We tested the role of desmin in initiating such pathways via direct visualization of muscle nuclei before and during mechanical loading.’
- ‘Therefore, we selected 5000 cycles of loading to simulate such mechanical conditions.’
- 1.1 The amount of electric current or power delivered to a device.
- 1.2 The maximum electric current or power taken by an appliance.
- 1.3 The provision of extra electrical inductance to improve the properties of a transmission wire or aerial.
2An increase in an insurance premium due to a factor increasing the risk involved.
- ‘One life company refused him cover, one quoted with a hefty loading to the premium and another offered life cover at normal rates.’
- ‘He also gave assurances on funding and promised a proposal for the Government to pay the loading on haemophiliacs's insurance premiums would be looked at in September.’
- ‘Insurance policy loading could have a major impact in Scotland, which has one of the worst obesity levels in Europe.’
- ‘Miss V has of course been able to obtain such insurance at a loading, as referred to below.’
- ‘Mr O'Sullivan believes that if the EU gives the go-ahead for the new scheme the entry premium loading could slip in unnoticed by many consumers by the end of June.’
- ‘Some companies will apply an automatic loading to your premium, while others will review your individual case.’
- 2.1Australian An increment added to a basic wage for special skills or qualifications.
- ‘Additional shifts were voluntary and no loading paid on the standard rate for additional hours.’
- ‘The next increase will apply on the 4 April 2002 and will take the minimum loading for casual workers up to 23%.’
- ‘Want says the slip shows clearly the employee is not receiving the appropriate loading under the award.’
in combination (of a gun, machine, or lorry) loaded in a specified way.‘a front-loading dishwasher’
- ‘Front loading washing machines are often used where top surface access is limited.’
- ‘Based on these advantages and disadvantages, the front load washer is the clear winner and is generally the most preferred.’
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