Definition of loading in US English:



  • 1The application of a mechanical load or force to something.

    • ‘Any retained austenite in the steel microstructure can transform under mechanical loading to martensite with a resulting increase in volume.’
    • ‘Just by holding the clutch down I could see how hard it is to hold the car; I can imagine how hard it would be to hold the car when the car is under the strain of the centrifugal loading.’
    • ‘If the microtraumatic damage to bone is greater than the capacity of bone to repair it, a stress fracture may occur at the site of repetitive loading.’
    • ‘Relative loads take into account both amplitude and duration of loading (force over time).’
    • ‘Since they are mechanical, increase the loading on the joint and it wears out quicker.’
    • ‘The backstripped tectonic subsidence curves presented here indicate that the Late Carboniferous South Wales coalfield probably formed due to flexural loading in a foreland basin setting.’
    • ‘Therefore, we selected 5000 cycles of loading to simulate such mechanical conditions.’
    • ‘The natural stimulus for bone to maintain its functional strength is the loading which results from gravitational forces and the tensions exerted by muscular activity.’
    • ‘We tested the role of desmin in initiating such pathways via direct visualization of muscle nuclei before and during mechanical loading.’
    • ‘In this study we combined simultaneous mechanical loading and visualization of the microstructural components in the same arterial specimen.’
    • ‘Both tectonic stress and gravitational loading by overburden can produce pressure dissolution.’
    • ‘The tests were carried out with different methods and directions of mechanical loading in order to initiate the movement of each sapling.’
    • ‘Using cables to pull the subject downward, the same impact load, bone stress and muscular loading will be reproduced in weightlessness as if they were running or walking on Earth.’
    1. 1.1 The amount of electric current or power delivered to a device.
    2. 1.2 The maximum electric current or power taken by an appliance.
    3. 1.3 The provision of extra electrical inductance to improve the properties of a transmission wire or antenna.
  • 2The application of an extra amount of something to balance some other factor.

    1. 2.1 An increase in an insurance premium due to a factor increasing the risk involved.


  • in combination (of a gun, machine, or truck) loaded in a specified way.

    ‘a front-loading dishwasher’
    • ‘Based on these advantages and disadvantages, the front load washer is the clear winner and is generally the most preferred.’
    • ‘Front loading washing machines are often used where top surface access is limited.’