One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Load (a ship or other vessel).
fill, fill up, pack, stuff, cram, pile, heap, stackView synonyms
- ‘Slyly, he let it be known that Elissa was working on his behalf and he put her in charge of lading the boats.’
- ‘In any case, Banks laded the transports with the seeds of dozens of fruits, grains and vegetables.’
- 1.1 Ship (goods) as cargo.
load, heap, fill, fill up, pack, stack, charge, stuff, cramView synonyms
- ‘Mahabir said he returned to India when the rice was shipped and brought back samples of what had been laded.’
- 1.2no object (of a ship) take on cargo.
Old English hladan, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German laden ‘to load’, also to ladle and perhaps to lathe.
A channel constructed to carry the swift current of water that drives a mill wheel.‘a lade from off the Tarland Burn’
- ‘He could see that the mill-wheel had gone, and its supports stood up like broken teeth; the lade was choked with rushes.’
- ‘The capacity of the lade is enormous and it's a natural drain.’
- ‘A group of local residents and business owners are calling on the council to urgently reopen a disused mill lade and culvert to its full capacity.’
- ‘The lade ran in its channel along the crest of the hill.’
- ‘The photograph shows an islander standing in the lade that channels water from the adjacent burn into the waterwheel below.’
- ‘It is a delightful small country house with cottage, paddock, and original mill lade, dating from about 1830.’
- ‘It′s not the only distillery that used to be some sort of mill, but it does have the longest lade in Scotland.’
- ‘The mills embarked on a modernisation programme that included the building of a new hydro-electric scheme, widening of the lade, and a modern power plant.’
- ‘We need the mill lade to be opened up to its full capacity.’
- ‘The weir on the River Ayr where the water was diverted into the mill lade was in danger of being washed away in the next big flood.’
Early 17th century (in the sense ‘watercourse, mouth of a river’): probably a variation of lead; perhaps confused with lade, the Scots and Northern form of lode.
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