One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Chiefly Mining. A mechanized method for loading materials on to a conveyor belt, especially coal at the coalface.
2The weight of an aircraft (when fully loaded) divided by the total engine power.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Anaconda (Montana) Standard. From power + loading.
power loading/ˈpaʊə ˌləʊdɪŋ/
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