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 for load
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Load \Load\ (l[=o]d), n. [OE. lode load, way; properly the same
     word as lode, but confused with lade, load, v. See Lade,
     Lead, v., Lode.]
     1. A burden; that which is laid on or put in anything for
        conveyance; that which is borne or sustained; a weight;
        as, a heavy load.
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              He might such a load
              To town with his ass carry.           --Gower.
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     2. The quantity which can be carried or drawn in some
        specified way; the contents of a cart, barrow, or vessel;
        that which will constitute a cargo; lading.
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     3. That which burdens, oppresses, or grieves the mind or
        spirits; as, a load of care. " A . . . load of guilt."
        --Ray. " Our life's a load." --Dryden.
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     4. A particular measure for certain articles, being as much
        as may be carried at one time by the conveyance commonly
        used for the article measured; as, a load of wood; a load
        of hay; specifically, five quarters.
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     5. The charge of a firearm; as, a load of powder.
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     6. Weight or violence of blows. [Obs.] --Milton.
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     7. (Mach.) The work done by a steam engine or other prime
        mover when working.
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     8. The amount of work that a person, group, or machine is
        assigned to perform; as, the boss distributed the load
        evenly among his employees.
     9. (Elec.) The device or devices that consume power from a
        power supply.
     10. (Engineering) The weight or force that a structural
         support bears or is designed to bear; the object that
         creates that force.
     Load line, or Load water line (Naut.), the line on the
        outside of a vessel indicating the depth to which it sinks
        in the water when loaded.
     Syn: Burden; lading; weight; cargo. See Burden.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Load \Load\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Loaded; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Loading. Loaden is obsolete, and laden belongs to lade.]
     1. To lay a load or burden on or in, as on a horse or in a
        cart; to charge with a load, as a gun; to furnish with a
        lading or cargo, as a ship; hence, to add weight to, so as
        to oppress or embarrass; to heap upon.
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              I strive all in vain to load the cart. --Gascoigne.
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              I have loaden me with many spoils.    --Shak.
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              Those honors deep and broad, wherewith
              Your majesty loads our house.         --Shak.
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     2. To adulterate or drug; as, to load wine. [Cant]
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     3. To magnetize. [Obs.] --Prior.
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     Loaded dice, dice with one side made heavier than the
        others, so that the number on the opposite side will come
        up oftenest.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: weight to be borne or conveyed [syn: load, loading,
      2: a quantity that can be processed or transported at one time;
         "the system broke down under excessive loads" [syn: load,
      3: goods carried by a large vehicle [syn: cargo, lading,
         freight, load, loading, payload, shipment,
      4: an amount of alcohol sufficient to intoxicate; "he got a load
         on and started a brawl"
      5: the power output of a generator or power plant
      6: an onerous or difficult concern; "the burden of
         responsibility"; "that's a load off my mind" [syn: burden,
         load, encumbrance, incumbrance, onus]
      7: a deposit of valuable ore occurring within definite
         boundaries separating it from surrounding rocks [syn: lode,
      8: the front part of a guided missile or rocket or torpedo that
         carries the nuclear or explosive charge or the chemical or
         biological agents [syn: warhead, payload, load]
      9: electrical device to which electrical power is delivered
      v 1: fill or place a load on; "load a car"; "load the truck with
           hay" [syn: load, lade, laden, load up]
      2: provide (a device) with something necessary; "He loaded his
         gun carefully"; "load the camera" [syn: load, charge]
      3: transfer from a storage device to a computer's memory
      4: put (something) on a structure or conveyance; "load the bags
         onto the trucks"
      5: corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or
         inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients
         with inferior ones; "adulterate liquor" [syn: load,
         adulterate, stretch, dilute, debase]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  263 Moby Thesaurus words for "load":
     abundance, acres, adulterate, affliction, albatross, anxiety, bag,
     baggage, bags, bale, barrel, barrels, bear, bear hard upon,
     bellyful, bitter cup, bitter draft, bitter draught, bitter pill,
     blast, bottle, box, brim, bumper, burden, burden of care,
     burdening, burthen, bushel, can, cankerworm of care, capacity,
     care, cargo, carload, carry, cartload, ceil, charge, charging,
     chock, choke, cock, complement, congest, consignment, convey, cook,
     copiousness, countlessness, cram, crate, cross, crowd,
     crown of thorns, crush, cumber, cumbrance, curse, deadweight,
     debase, detonate, difficulty, disadvantage, discharge, distress,
     doctor, drag, drain, drop, duty, eject, embarrassment, encumber,
     encumbrance, face, fake, feather, fell, fill, fill to overflowing,
     fill up, fire, fire off, flood, freight, freightage, full house,
     full load, full measure, fur, gall, gall and wormwood,
     get up steam, glut, go hard with, go ill with, gobs, goods, gorge,
     grievance, gun, gun for, hamper, handicap, haul, heap, heap up,
     hit, impediment, impedimenta, imposition, inconvenience, incubus,
     incumbency, infliction, inlay, interline, jam, jam up, jam-pack,
     juggle, lade, lading, let fly, let off, liability, lie on, line,
     loading, luggage, lumber, manipulate, mass, millstone, mountain,
     mouthful, much, multitude, numerousness, obligation, ocean, oceans,
     onus, oodles, oppress, oppression, overburden, overfill, overload,
     oversupply, overtax, overtaxing, overweight, overweighting,
     overwhelm, pack, pack away, pack of troubles, pad, parcel, payload,
     peck, peck of troubles, pelt, penalty, pepper, pick off, pile,
     pistol, plant, plenitude, plenty, plug, pocket, pot, potshoot,
     potshot, press hard upon, pressure, prime, profusion, quantities,
     quantity, ram in, responsibility, rest hard upon, retouch, riddle,
     rig, sack, saddle, saddle with, saddling, salt, satiate, saturate,
     sea, sea of troubles, set, ship, shipload, shipment, shoot,
     shoot at, shoot down, skinful, slew, snipe, snootful, sophisticate,
     sorrow, spate, squeeze, stack, steam up, store, stow, strike,
     stuff, superabundance, supercharge, superfluity, superincumbency,
     surcharge, surfeit, swamp, take a potshot, tamper with, task, tax,
     taxing, thorn, tons, top off, torpedo, trailerload, trainload,
     transport, trouble, truckload, try one, vanload, volume, wad, wads,
     wainscot, warhead, warm up, waters of bitterness, weigh,
     weigh down, weigh heavy on, weigh on, weigh upon, weight,
     white elephant, wind, wind up, woe, world, worlds, worry

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

     1. To copy data (often program code to be run) into
     memory, possibly parsing it somehow in the process.
     E.g. "{WordPerfect can't load this RTF file - are you sure
     it didn't get corrupted in the download?"  Opposite of
     2. The degree to which a computer, network, or other
     resource is used, sometimes expressed as a percentage of the
     maximum available.  E.g. "What kind of CPU load does that
     program give?", "The network's constantly running at 100%
     load".  Sometimes used, by extension, to mean "to increase the
     level of use of a resource".  E.g. "Loading a spreadsheet
     really loads the CPU".  See also: load balancing.
     3. To install a piece of software onto a system.
     E.g. "The computer guy is gonna come load Excel on my laptop
     for me".  This usage is widely considered to be incorrect.

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