Definition of payload in English:

payload

noun

  • 1The part of a vehicle's load, especially an aircraft's, from which revenue is derived; passengers and cargo.

    • ‘Basic payload figures are a little misleading, however, in view of differing fuel capacities.’
    • ‘A long, slender fuselage was necessary to contain most of the fuel as well as the landing gear and payloads.’
    • ‘Its payload of 15,333 pounds was properly secured and distributed relative to the center of gravity of the aircraft.’
    • ‘The airplane will usually be carrying a payload (passengers, cargo, weapons) and often a full load of fuel.’
    • ‘Like an unwanted cargo hulk lugging its toxic payload from port to port around the world, there's no telling where it will end up next.’
    • ‘The aircraft could carry a payload of only 265 pounds and had neither instruments nor weapons.’
    • ‘The inevitable consequence of all the improvements is a heavier airplane and a reduced payload, only about 440 pounds with all tanks full.’
    • ‘That same logic would hold true if the payload capacity had been modified to 6,000 lb or less and a passenger seat configuration of 20 seats or fewer.’
    • ‘Subtract 588 pounds of fuel, and you'd be left with a 512-pound allowance, not an unusual payload among big-bore four-seaters.’
    • ‘The modular concept allows the implementation of different payloads according to the customer's needs.’
    • ‘What is the concern, then, for contamination of the payload, of the cargo?’
    • ‘The airline wanted an aircraft with excellent payload to achieve a good passenger-seat-per-mile cost even though it would be a more expensive aircraft to initially purchase.’
    • ‘The A700's payload with full fuel is expected to be 725 lb.’
    • ‘Those speedy boats sealift the payload into Caribbean nations for later delivery to their biggest consumer nation - the United States.’
    • ‘The vehicle also incorporates the option to one day double the payload using restartable second-stage engines.’
    • ‘If you're going to arrive and perform humanitarian relief, you wouldn't want armor but would want to maximize payload.’
    • ‘Two companies might share a payload, with half going to one company's rig and half going to the other's.’
    cargo, freight, freightage, charge, burden
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    1. 1.1Equipment, personnel, or satellites carried by a spacecraft.
      • ‘The satellite will carry a payload that will transmit a Galileo experimental signal.’
      • ‘Flight 160 was right on time and successfully placed its two payloads into orbit.’
      • ‘The two payloads were placed in geostationary transfer orbit.’
      • ‘Flight 164 will carry three payloads on its journey into space.’
      • ‘Along with controlling the satellite, this software must interface with the satellite's five experimental payloads.’
      • ‘Launch vehicles that boost payloads into space also provide business opportunities for firms.’
      • ‘At that time, it was the largest payload ever delivered by the space shuttle.’
      • ‘His responsibilities involved reviewing materials used in Space Shuttle payloads.’
      • ‘Each payload would have to be inspected before blast off to ensure its peaceful nature.’
      • ‘They perform experiments, spacewalks and handle the payload.’
      • ‘This working concept craft may someday boost a payload into space for $500 a pound.’
      • ‘I've restricted it to spacecraft carrying useful payloads that actually flew.’
      • ‘Both proposals are for complete missions, including launch vehicle, spacecraft and science instrument payload.’
      • ‘It operates microgravity science payloads for ground and spaceflight research.’
      • ‘During the next eight months, the spacecraft's onboard systems will be checked and its science payload will be commissioned.’
      • ‘In addition to human, electro-optical, radio, and precise timing payloads, some satellites now carry robotic payloads.’
      • ‘The dream is a cheap, reliable way to carry people and payloads into orbit.’
      • ‘It was supposed to radically reduce the cost of carrying payloads into orbit.’
      • ‘The need to send US supply payloads to the International Space Station is going to change the nature of NASA's requirements.’
      • ‘For the first time, Europe will now be able to place into geostationary orbit a payload weighing more than 10 tonnes.’
  • 2An explosive warhead carried by an aircraft or missile.

  • 3Computing
    The actual information or message in transmitted data, as opposed to automatically generated metadata.

    • ‘In general, each message contains a source, a destination, metadata, as well as the data payload itself.’
    • ‘Each input or output port sustains a yielded data payload of 1.4GB/sec.’
    • ‘The original client request to the presentation server is typically in HTTP with a possible payload of XML.’
    • ‘When the router gets the frame, it pulls the IP packet out of the frame and drops it into the payload field of anther frame to send across the WAN.’
    • ‘There are limits to how much lossless data compression can compress and increase the payload of a TCP/IP data packet.’
    • ‘SNAP uses separate input and output ports with each port currently sustaining a data payload bandwidth of 1.4GB/sec.’
    1. 3.1The effects of a virus on a computer system.
      • ‘Media reports and announcements from various anti-virus vendors have warned that the W32/Klez-E worm will initiate a destructive payload today, 6 March.’
      • ‘His Gokar worm also had a malicious payload - it attempted to overwrite the main page on the websites of infected companies.’
      • ‘It does not have a malicious payload, meaning it does not destroy or alter information within a computer.’
      • ‘Sophos experts have advised customers about a new email-aware worm that has an unusual payload.’
      • ‘"The next big worm we have will have a more devastating payload," he predicts.’

Pronunciation:

payload

/ˈpeɪləʊd/