Definition of preload in English:



Pronunciation /priːˈləʊd/
  • 1with object Load beforehand.

    ‘the camera comes preloaded with a 24-exposure film’
    ‘the package is preloaded on many home PCs’
    • ‘Each iMac was preloaded with Mac OS 9, and needed to continue to run that operating system during the day.’
    • ‘Delivery maybe deferred allowing for new software to be preloaded.’
    • ‘In this case, Intrawest bought machines preloaded with Linux and the company will continue to use them, Dunn says.’
    • ‘Operators could preload content as added value’
    • ‘Pricey, perhaps, but Olive will preload the machine with a stack of CDs you provide.’
    • ‘Microsoft no longer preloads a version of its Reader software (used to read e-books) because it wants to save room for applications used more frequently.’
    • ‘UK system builder Brown is preloading software on its PCs which is designed to slash its support costs by 25 per cent.’
    • ‘These computer systems are a perfect low cost alternative to computers preloaded with Microsoft Windows.’
    • ‘Today, all IBM personal computers are preloaded with a Microsoft Windows operating system.’
    1. 1.1 Give (a mechanical component) an internal load independent of any working load, typically in order to reduce distortion or noise in operation.
      • ‘The cup threads down to preload the bearings and adjust the headset independent of the stem.’
      • ‘The hammer strut is preloaded and separate from the trigger system.’
      • ‘To minimize wobble, the rails are preloaded to apply pressure uniformly along the bearing.’
  • 2British informal no object Drink alcohol, especially in large quantities, before going out socially.

    ‘drinking is expensive at festivals so they preload’
    ‘60 per cent of respondents said they preloaded before going out’
    • ‘On average, women who preload consume over a third of their total amount of alcohol for that evening before leaving their own or their friends' homes.’
    • ‘"When you talk about anti-social behaviour there is evidence that preloading is a definite factor," he said.’
    • ‘She said officers were issuing alcohol abuse advice at every opportunity in the run-up to Christmas, including highlighting the heightened risk to those who pre-load.’
    • ‘People "preload" - or drink before going out - because they think it saves them money and gives them a headstart on a good time.’
    • ‘Every weekend alcohol is sold cheaply allowing young people to engage in 'pre-loading' - getting drunk at home cheaply before hitting the bars and clubs in our towns and city.’
    • ‘He told his very sober audience of floating voters, sympathisers and the worried well that preloading at home with cheap alcohol was at the root of a lot of crime.’
    • ‘If drinks were cheaper in pubs people wouldn't need to preload.’
    • ‘The proliferation of cheap alcohol for sale off-trade has arguably led to a rise in preloading.’
    • ‘Many of them preload before they go out for an evening's drinking.’
    • ‘You've got to preload before you get to a bar because you can't drink once you go in.’
    • ‘When kids who are drinking on the sly do venture out, they often preload first, fueling up on as much alcohol as they can hold before the evening begins so that the buzz lasts as long as possible.’
    • ‘Given the price of alcohol in bars, pubs and clubs, they often "pre-load" with cheap vodka and gin from 24-hour discount stores or supermarkets.’


Pronunciation /ˈpriːləʊd/
  • A thing loaded or applied as a load beforehand.

    • ‘According to IBM, the preloads offer customers more choice and ‘lower costs, greater stability and increased security’.’
    • ‘‘Since this material is expanding over time,’ Jacobs says, ‘we can maintain or retain fastener preload through the life of the vehicle.’’
    • ‘Rossi is trying to recall the setting on his front fork preload.’
    • ‘For the track, the compression had been turned way in from the standard setting, some preload added and the rebound left alone.’