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’
    • ‘These computer systems are a perfect low cost alternative to computers preloaded with Microsoft Windows.’
    • ‘Operators could preload content as added value’
    • ‘In this case, Intrawest bought machines preloaded with Linux and the company will continue to use them, Dunn says.’
    • ‘Today, all IBM personal computers are preloaded with a Microsoft Windows operating system.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Each iMac was preloaded with Mac OS 9, and needed to continue to run that operating system during the day.’
    • ‘Pricey, perhaps, but Olive will preload the machine with a stack of CDs you provide.’
    • ‘UK system builder Brown is preloading software on its PCs which is designed to slash its support costs by 25 per cent.’
    • ‘Delivery maybe deferred allowing for new software to be preloaded.’
    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.
      • ‘To minimize wobble, the rails are preloaded to apply pressure uniformly along the bearing.’
      • ‘The hammer strut is preloaded and separate from the trigger system.’
      • ‘The cup threads down to preload the bearings and adjust the headset independent of the stem.’
  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many of them preload before they go out for an evening's drinking.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You've got to preload before you get to a bar because you can't drink once you go in.’
    • ‘If drinks were cheaper in pubs people wouldn't need to preload.’
    • ‘People "preload" - or drink before going out - because they think it saves them money and gives them a headstart on a good time.’
    • ‘The proliferation of cheap alcohol for sale off-trade has arguably led to a rise in preloading.’
    • ‘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.’


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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Since this material is expanding over time,’ Jacobs says, ‘we can maintain or retain fastener preload through the life of the vehicle.’’