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Load




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 save.

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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