Definition of payload in English:



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

    • ‘The A700's payload with full fuel is expected to be 725 lb.’
    • ‘If you're going to arrive and perform humanitarian relief, you wouldn't want armor but would want to maximize payload.’
    • ‘The vehicle also incorporates the option to one day double the payload using restartable second-stage engines.’
    • ‘The modular concept allows the implementation of different payloads according to the customer's needs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Two companies might share a payload, with half going to one company's rig and half going to the other's.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What is the concern, then, for contamination of the payload, of the cargo?’
    • ‘A long, slender fuselage was necessary to contain most of the fuel as well as the landing gear and payloads.’
    • ‘Those speedy boats sealift the payload into Caribbean nations for later delivery to their biggest consumer nation - the United States.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Basic payload figures are a little misleading, however, in view of differing fuel capacities.’
    cargo, freight, freightage, charge, burden
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    1. 1.1Equipment, personnel, or satellites carried by a spacecraft.
      • ‘The dream is a cheap, reliable way to carry people and payloads into orbit.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Each payload would have to be inspected before blast off to ensure its peaceful nature.’
      • ‘Flight 164 will carry three payloads on its journey into space.’
      • ‘This working concept craft may someday boost a payload into space for $500 a pound.’
      • ‘I've restricted it to spacecraft carrying useful payloads that actually flew.’
      • ‘At that time, it was the largest payload ever delivered by the space shuttle.’
      • ‘It operates microgravity science payloads for ground and spaceflight research.’
      • ‘Both proposals are for complete missions, including launch vehicle, spacecraft and science instrument payload.’
      • ‘Flight 160 was right on time and successfully placed its two payloads into orbit.’
      • ‘Launch vehicles that boost payloads into space also provide business opportunities for firms.’
      • ‘For the first time, Europe will now be able to place into geostationary orbit a payload weighing more than 10 tonnes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They perform experiments, spacewalks and handle the payload.’
      • ‘His responsibilities involved reviewing materials used in Space Shuttle payloads.’
      • ‘In addition to human, electro-optical, radio, and precise timing payloads, some satellites now carry robotic payloads.’
      • ‘The two payloads were placed in geostationary transfer orbit.’
      • ‘The need to send US supply payloads to the International Space Station is going to change the nature of NASA's requirements.’
  • 2An explosive warhead carried by a missile.

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

    1. 3.1The effects of a virus on a computer system.