Definition of loaded in US English:



  • 1Carrying or bearing a load, especially a large one.

    ‘a heavily loaded freight train’
    • ‘When a person carries a loaded backpack, the pack too moves up and down the same distance at the same time.’
    • ‘Ore was brought down, and both the men and the easily loaded freight traveled up in buckets suspended from their wire rope cables.’
    • ‘There was no lunch lady to pay for my food, so, after picking out a plastic fork and spoon, I walked straight out of the narrow food room with my loaded tray.’
    • ‘A nurturer by nature, Olivia parked him in the most comfortable chair in the parlour and disappeared to the kitchen, reappearing several minutes later with a loaded tea tray in her hands.’
    • ‘Unit Coal trains - both loaded and empty - will operate normally over the Thanksgiving holiday.’
    • ‘A loaded logging truck carries anywhere from 45 to 100 cubic metres of wood.’
    • ‘Just then, Mother was carrying a loaded platter of pancakes to the table.’
    • ‘Five minutes after we are off the tracks comes a loaded freight train rolling at a solid clip.’
    • ‘I took up my loaded tray and sat down at an empty table.’
    • ‘The door swung open to admit Helga, a buxom barmaid bearing a loaded tray.’
    • ‘Showing that she could flounce significantly faster than she could take dictation, the waitress appeared with a loaded tray.’
    • ‘Empty and loaded coal trains dominate the traffic that pass through Dutch since it is located on the northwest corner of the Powder River Basin.’
    • ‘She was carrying a loaded backpack, which she easily slipped on over her shoulders.’
    • ‘No one was injured in a dramatic truck-train collision in La Broquerie late Friday afternoon in which a speeding train slammed into a loaded grain truck.’
    • ‘Bob turned, pointed towards my table, picked up a loaded plastic tray and followed her over.’
    • ‘I must have been daydreaming about it when I accidentally dropped a loaded tray crowded with entrées of pork tenderloin and pasta Alfredo.’
    • ‘A fully loaded aircraft is capable of backing up a 2% gradient slope using the directed flow thrust reversers.’
    • ‘Pretty soon her three loaded bags became heavy.’
    • ‘Joan sighed, not really sure why she was so cranky today, and heaved their loaded shopping cart toward the refrigerated dairy section.’
    • ‘It came back to normal, but not before a passing waiter dropped his loaded tray in shock.’
    full, filled, laden, packed, burdened, stuffed, crammed, brimming, freighted, stacked
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    1. 1.1 (of a firearm) charged with ammunition.
      ‘a loaded gun’
      • ‘The 14-year-old boy was accidentally shot in 1994 by a friend who was playing with a loaded firearm he had found unsecured.’
      • ‘The robbers responsible for the York Art Gallery raid last year were armed with a loaded shotgun and a loaded handgun.’
      • ‘As they started to remove the body, a loaded firearm fell from under a towel that was on the lap of the deceased.’
      • ‘The only sure way is to have a gun on one's person at all times or a loaded firearm within very easy reach no matter where one happens to be.’
      • ‘But the interesting thing, Jan, is that this is a state where you are allowed to carry a loaded and concealed weapon.’
      • ‘She had never held a loaded firearm before and, although Carl had shown her how to load, prime and fire the weapon, she doubted she would actually be able to use it should the need arise.’
      • ‘That goes double, or maybe to the power of 10, when you have a loaded firearm in your hand.’
      • ‘Its clamshell design means an officer can lock up a loaded firearm.’
      • ‘According to the NRA, the best form of personal protection is to be in possession of a loaded firearm at all times.’
      • ‘They were charged with theft and illegal possession of loaded firearms within city limits.’
      • ‘Both men were charged with first degree murder, carrying and discharging a loaded weapon in public.’
      • ‘Each of the strong men is licensed to carry a loaded side arm and they do at all times.’
      • ‘However, for those of you serious about taking your arm development even further, the use of an supplement may be the edge you need to turn your guns into loaded cannons.’
      • ‘The common purpose is a willingness to indulge in an unlawful and dangerous act involving at least the presentation of a loaded firearm.’
      • ‘Dropping a loaded firearm is not so much a gross violation of gun etiquette as it is an invitation to a lawsuit.’
      • ‘They found a small quantity of cannabis in a bedroom before discovering £8,000, crack cocaine, the shotgun and a loaded pistol in the cellar.’
      • ‘They had attacked a group of Enemy soldiers without authorization, and threatened their guardians with a loaded firearm.’
      • ‘Give an unloaded firearm the same respect you would give a loaded firearm.’
      • ‘Never step over fences, jump ditches, or make other awkward or unbalanced moves while holding a loaded firearm.’
      • ‘He chose to go out with a loaded weapon and carry out a criminal act of armed robbery.’
      primed, charged, armed, filled, containing ammunition, ready to fire, ready for use
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    2. 1.2loaded with Containing in abundance or to excess.
      ‘your average chocolate bar is loaded with fat’
      • ‘Any carbohydrate baked or fried to a toasty brown will likely be loaded with it.’
      • ‘Bitter, loud and loaded with every ounce of Curtis's contemptuous bile it is still as good twenty years on.’
      • ‘For those in need of a true soul album, loaded with understatement, look no further.’
      • ‘The feature was also loaded with racy photos and a variety of rude quotations.’
      • ‘The disc is loaded with goodies and the only let down is a less than perfect video and audio.’
      • ‘Although she could cook, it was easier to eat snack food loaded with calories but virtually no nutrients.’
      • ‘Here's one such cleanse that is loaded with fibre and nearly devoid of carbohydrates.’
      • ‘Sex is as loaded with moral overtones for lesbians as it is for any other group of people.’
      • ‘It is usually picked within the past day or two and is crisp, sweet and loaded with flavor.’
      • ‘The key will be finding a quarterback for an offense that is loaded with veteran talent.’
      • ‘Strange that it's also one of the few foods here that aren't loaded with preservatives.’
      • ‘It's one of the few still moments in an album loaded with frenetic activity, a heart of silence in a body of sound.’
      • ‘Keep your cool if you and your tribe all are tied to stakes in the middle of a pit loaded with hungry lions.’
      • ‘The tall frosty drink was loaded with fresh peach pulp and a shot of vodka.’
      • ‘The last bunch of writings I produced were loaded with such things, and I mostly cringe at it now.’
      • ‘Beluga whale skin is loaded with a chemical that seems to slow the production of harmful cholesterol.’
      • ‘Make sure your brush is well loaded with paint and apply the paint with steady strokes.’
    3. 1.3informal Having a lot of money; wealthy.
      ‘she doesn't really have to work—they're loaded’
      • ‘They have allowed private builders to flout all laws and build for the rich and the loaded.’
      • ‘We join in on keeping the people poor and Western companies loaded with money.’
      rich, wealthy, well off, well-to-do, affluent, prosperous, moneyed, cash rich, with deep pockets, of means
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    4. 1.4North American informal Having had too much alcohol; drunk.
      ‘man, did I get loaded after I left his house’
      • ‘That night, Jeff was a bit more loaded than usual.’
      • ‘The chicks that work there are hot and friendly, and you can get loaded with little cash.’
      intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlin
      drunk, drunken, inebriated, intoxicated, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlin
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    5. 1.5North American informal (of a car) equipped with many optional extras; deluxe.
      ‘1989 Ford 250 LXT: low miles, loaded’
      • ‘And you shouldn't feel sticker shock as if you were purchasing a fully loaded Ferrari, remember that iSCSI is affordable.’
  • 2Weighted or biased toward a particular outcome.

    ‘a trick like the one with the loaded dice’
    • ‘The need for a cultural relativistic point of view has become apparent because of the realization that there is no way to play this game of making judgments across cultures except with loaded dice.’
    • ‘The last-named option should appeal to those who are opposed to playing politics with loaded dice.’
    • ‘But when he sees a dealer using loaded dice, he can't ignore it.’
    • ‘Then, when the Rock spots loaded dice at the craps table, he takes matters into his own hands, taking out the casino's Keystone Kops by himself.’
    • ‘There is little point in staking lives on a loaded die.’
    • ‘The casino also cheats, using loaded dice, and when Vaughn spots this the casino security beat him up and leave him for dead.’
    • ‘Roll the extremely loaded dice and collect your winnings by the million.’
    • ‘How do the conmen work-sleight of hand; marked cards; switched or loaded dice, it's all here.’
    • ‘A factory was discovered where loaded dice and marked cards were produced and a school for safecrackers was uncovered.’
    • ‘Yet it is very difficult to win when playing with a loaded dice.’
    • ‘In other words, half those elections faced loaded dice against any Northern Democrats.’
    • ‘It's kind of like nature's rolling the dice and now we have loaded dice due to global warming.’
    • ‘Could it be our plucky lads were actually playing with loaded dice?’
    • ‘It's as if ALP members accept the underlying premise of the Commission rather than view it as a set of loaded dice.’
    • ‘The situation is analogous to rolling loaded dice: one could, if one was so inclined, construct a set of dice where sixes occur twice as often as normal.’
    • ‘Playing against loaded dice and marked cards, the drunken soldier was easy pickings.’
    biased, rigged, fixed
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    1. 2.1 (of a word, statement, or question) charged with an underlying meaning or implication.
      ‘avoid politically loaded terms like “nation”’
      ‘“Anything else?” It was a loaded question and Kelly knew it’
      • ‘Brad used a loaded statement to make a flippant response.’
      • ‘If you don't give an answer to a loaded question but instead protest its loading, sometimes you are accused of dodging it.’
      • ‘We call this a loaded question in my critical thinking classes.’
      • ‘The answer would be significantly different to the one given in response to the Department's loaded question.’
      • ‘True, there are limitations in the survey method - a small collection of questions, often with loaded wording, with a small number of possible answers.’
      • ‘Leading or loaded questions are ones that appear to lead the respondent in a particular direction.’
      • ‘Those are all loaded words, Connie - maverick and ostracize.’
      • ‘I pose a loaded question: Is he disillusioned that the industry has become more about pitches and trailers than the film itself?’
      • ‘I'm writing about another loaded word, one which people throw around on campus to stereotype, dismiss, and degrade their fellow students.’
      • ‘Avoid making loaded statements or using words as weapons: ‘What a stupid thing to do!’’
      • ‘I haven't read the work in question, but this seems like a respectful way to talk about an emotionally loaded word, and how it got that way.’
      • ‘If you ask a loaded question you get the answer you want, but your deduction from it may be unsound.’
      • ‘I do think that his intention (‘agenda’ is such a loaded word) is distinguishable from the straightforward racists.’
      • ‘But when a girl asks you a loaded question of this kind, it's only natural to respond in like manner.’
      • ‘When an album's title is this loaded, and its liner notes promise a unifying concept, the lyrics had better follow through, and here they don't.’
      • ‘It's the most loaded word in art, setting the public flocking to galleries and lighting up dollar signs in the eyes of any under-funded gallery director.’
      • ‘She preferred the less functional and more loaded word ‘caring’.’
      • ‘The loaded language is quite amusing, especially given that anyone can look at the response for themselves and see that it's entirely unwarranted.’
      • ‘I laughed at Jody for asking such a loaded question.’
      • ‘Well, that's a loaded question you have right there.’
      charged, meaningful, pregnant
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