ETYM Old Eng. lode load, way; properly the same word as lode, but confused with lade, load, v. Related to Lade, Lead, Lode.
1. Something to be borne or conveyed; SYN. loading, burden.
2. A quantity that can be processed or transported at one time; SYN. loading.
3. The power output of a generator or power plant.
4. A device to which electrical power is delivered.
5. (Informal) An amount of alcohol sufficient to intoxicate.
In earth sciences, material transported by a river. It includes material carried on and in the water (suspended load) and material bounced or rolled along the river bed (bedload). A river's load is greatest during a flood, when its discharge is at its highest.
The term “load” can also refer to material transported by a glacier or by the sea.