Definition of payload in English:



  • 1The part of a vehicle's load, especially an aircraft's, from which revenue is derived; passengers and cargo.

    • ‘If you're going to arrive and perform humanitarian relief, you wouldn't want armor but would want to maximize payload.’
    • ‘The A700's payload with full fuel is expected to be 725 lb.’
    • ‘The vehicle also incorporates the option to one day double the payload using restartable second-stage engines.’
    • ‘What is the concern, then, for contamination of the payload, of the cargo?’
    • ‘Its payload of 15,333 pounds was properly secured and distributed relative to the center of gravity of the aircraft.’
    • ‘The inevitable consequence of all the improvements is a heavier airplane and a reduced payload, only about 440 pounds with all tanks full.’
    • ‘Those speedy boats sealift the payload into Caribbean nations for later delivery to their biggest consumer nation - the United States.’
    • ‘A long, slender fuselage was necessary to contain most of the fuel as well as the landing gear and payloads.’
    • ‘Like an unwanted cargo hulk lugging its toxic payload from port to port around the world, there's no telling where it will end up next.’
    • ‘Two companies might share a payload, with half going to one company's rig and half going to the other's.’
    • ‘Basic payload figures are a little misleading, however, in view of differing fuel capacities.’
    • ‘The airplane will usually be carrying a payload (passengers, cargo, weapons) and often a full load of fuel.’
    • ‘Subtract 588 pounds of fuel, and you'd be left with a 512-pound allowance, not an unusual payload among big-bore four-seaters.’
    • ‘The aircraft could carry a payload of only 265 pounds and had neither instruments nor weapons.’
    • ‘That same logic would hold true if the payload capacity had been modified to 6,000 lb or less and a passenger seat configuration of 20 seats or fewer.’
    • ‘The modular concept allows the implementation of different payloads according to the customer's needs.’
    • ‘The airline wanted an aircraft with excellent payload to achieve a good passenger-seat-per-mile cost even though it would be a more expensive aircraft to initially purchase.’
    cargo, freight, freightage, charge, burden
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1 Equipment, personnel, or satellites carried by a spacecraft.
      • ‘Both proposals are for complete missions, including launch vehicle, spacecraft and science instrument payload.’
      • ‘His responsibilities involved reviewing materials used in Space Shuttle payloads.’
      • ‘For the first time, Europe will now be able to place into geostationary orbit a payload weighing more than 10 tonnes.’
      • ‘Launch vehicles that boost payloads into space also provide business opportunities for firms.’
      • ‘At that time, it was the largest payload ever delivered by the space shuttle.’
      • ‘The two payloads were placed in geostationary transfer orbit.’
      • ‘This working concept craft may someday boost a payload into space for $500 a pound.’
      • ‘During the next eight months, the spacecraft's onboard systems will be checked and its science payload will be commissioned.’
      • ‘It was supposed to radically reduce the cost of carrying payloads into orbit.’
      • ‘The dream is a cheap, reliable way to carry people and payloads into orbit.’
      • ‘Each payload would have to be inspected before blast off to ensure its peaceful nature.’
      • ‘In addition to human, electro-optical, radio, and precise timing payloads, some satellites now carry robotic payloads.’
      • ‘I've restricted it to spacecraft carrying useful payloads that actually flew.’
      • ‘They perform experiments, spacewalks and handle the payload.’
      • ‘The satellite will carry a payload that will transmit a Galileo experimental signal.’
      • ‘Along with controlling the satellite, this software must interface with the satellite's five experimental payloads.’
      • ‘The need to send US supply payloads to the International Space Station is going to change the nature of NASA's requirements.’
      • ‘Flight 164 will carry three payloads on its journey into space.’
      • ‘Flight 160 was right on time and successfully placed its two payloads into orbit.’
      • ‘It operates microgravity science payloads for ground and spaceflight research.’
  • 2An explosive warhead carried by a missile.

    • ‘Potential lethal payloads include penetrating warheads and a variety of submunitions that can individually target both soft and armored targets.’
    • ‘It will have a 30-minute loiter time at 70 kilometers capability using a micro turbojet engine and a warhead payload.’
    • ‘It will carry a warhead payload of 404 dual-purpose improved conventional munition bomblets.’
    • ‘Moreover, it is studying new kinds of warheads and payloads for the missiles, as well as new missiles.’
    • ‘They are more vulnerable and easier to destroy than incoming warheads, and the entire payload - warheads and decoys - can be downed with a single shot.’
    • ‘Multiple-stage technology would enable the missile to travel further or to carry a larger payload.’
    • ‘It is also offering a derivative with a 6.5 pound high-explosive payloads for use against aircraft, surface ships and other targets.’
    • ‘But these unglamorous missiles will still carry lethal payloads close enough to their intended targets.’
    • ‘The 25 to 30 km range missile can carry a payload of 70 kg.’
    • ‘First, if the size of the warhead payload is significantly reduced, as suggested above, the range of the missile is extended in an equally significant manner.’
    • ‘The indigenous surface-to-surface missile, capable of carrying a payload of 1 ton, took off from a mobile launcher.’
    • ‘Nuclear weapons, chemical weapons, the missiles to deliver those payloads - all have been discussed earnestly.’
    • ‘It can carry a payload of 1,000 kilograms, more than enough for a nuclear weapon.’
    • ‘The aircraft has seven hardpoints on the wings for weapon payloads.’
    • ‘It will weigh less than 30 pounds and carry up to 6 pounds of payload.’
    • ‘These were later identified as being intermediate range missiles capable of carrying a nuclear payload.’
  • 3Computing
    The actual information or message in transmitted data, as opposed to automatically generated metadata.

    • ‘Each input or output port sustains a yielded data payload of 1.4GB/sec.’
    • ‘In general, each message contains a source, a destination, metadata, as well as the data payload itself.’
    • ‘SNAP uses separate input and output ports with each port currently sustaining a data payload bandwidth of 1.4GB/sec.’
    • ‘There are limits to how much lossless data compression can compress and increase the payload of a TCP/IP data packet.’
    • ‘The original client request to the presentation server is typically in HTTP with a possible payload of XML.’
    • ‘When the router gets the frame, it pulls the IP packet out of the frame and drops it into the payload field of anther frame to send across the WAN.’
    1. 3.1 The effects of a virus on a computer system.
      • ‘"The next big worm we have will have a more devastating payload," he predicts.’
      • ‘Media reports and announcements from various anti-virus vendors have warned that the W32/Klez-E worm will initiate a destructive payload today, 6 March.’
      • ‘Sophos experts have advised customers about a new email-aware worm that has an unusual payload.’
      • ‘His Gokar worm also had a malicious payload - it attempted to overwrite the main page on the websites of infected companies.’
      • ‘It does not have a malicious payload, meaning it does not destroy or alter information within a computer.’