AskDefine | Define loading

Dictionary Definition

loading adj : designed for use in loading e.g. cargo; "a loading dock"; "a loading chute is used to drive cattle into a truck or other conveyance" [syn: loading(a)] [ant: unloading]


1 weight to be borne or conveyed [syn: load, burden]
2 a quantity that can be processed or transported at one time; "the system broke down under excessive loads" [syn: load]
3 the ratio of the gross weight of an airplane to some factor determining its lift
4 goods carried by a large vehicle [syn: cargo, lading, freight, load, payload, shipment, consignment]
5 the labor of loading something; "the loading took 2 hours" [ant: unloading]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. present participle of load


  1. The action of the verb to load.
    The loading of hazardous cargoes is not permitted.
  2. A load, especially in the engineering and electrical engineering senses of force exerted, or electrical current or power supplied.
    I need to recheck the loadings on the external walls.
    The loading on the generators peaks during the early evening.

Extensive Definition

In telecommunication, the term loading means the insertion of impedance into a circuit to change the characteristics of the circuit.
The loading may be expressed as (a) the equivalent mean power and the peak power as a function of the number of voice channels or (b) the equivalent power of a multichannel complex or signal composite referred to zero transmission level point (0TLP).

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