Definition of loading in English:



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

    • ‘Since they are mechanical, increase the loading on the joint and it wears out quicker.’
    • ‘We tested the role of desmin in initiating such pathways via direct visualization of muscle nuclei before and during mechanical loading.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Relative loads take into account both amplitude and duration of loading (force over time).’
    • ‘Therefore, we selected 5000 cycles of loading to simulate such mechanical conditions.’
    • ‘Any retained austenite in the steel microstructure can transform under mechanical loading to martensite with a resulting increase in volume.’
    • ‘Both tectonic stress and gravitational loading by overburden can produce pressure dissolution.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In this study we combined simultaneous mechanical loading and visualization of the microstructural components in the same arterial specimen.’
    • ‘The tests were carried out with different methods and directions of mechanical loading in order to initiate the movement of each sapling.’
    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.
      • ‘One life company refused him cover, one quoted with a hefty loading to the premium and another offered life cover at normal rates.’
      • ‘He also gave assurances on funding and promised a proposal for the Government to pay the loading on haemophiliacs's insurance premiums would be looked at in September.’
      • ‘Insurance policy loading could have a major impact in Scotland, which has one of the worst obesity levels in Europe.’
      • ‘Mr O'Sullivan believes that if the EU gives the go-ahead for the new scheme the entry premium loading could slip in unnoticed by many consumers by the end of June.’
      • ‘Some companies will apply an automatic loading to your premium, while others will review your individual case.’
      • ‘Miss V has of course been able to obtain such insurance at a loading, as referred to below.’


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

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