from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To load with or as if with cargo.
  • transitive v. To place (something) as a load for or as if for shipment.
  • transitive v. To burden or oppress; weigh down.
  • transitive v. To take up or remove (water) with a ladle or dipper.
  • intransitive v. To take on cargo.
  • intransitive v. To ladle a liquid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The mouth of a river.
  • n. A passage for water; a ditch or drain.
  • n. Water pumped into and out of mills, especially woolen mills.
  • v. To fill or load (related to cargo or a shipment).
  • v. To weigh down, oppress, or burden.
  • v. To use a ladle or dipper to remove something (generally water).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The mouth of a river.
  • n. A passage for water; a ditch or drain.
  • intransitive v. To draw water.
  • intransitive v. To admit water by leakage, as a ship, etc.
  • transitive v. To load; to put a burden or freight on or in; -- generally followed by that which receives the load, as the direct object.
  • transitive v. To throw in or out, with a ladle or dipper; to dip.
  • transitive v. To transfer (the molten glass) from the pot to the forming table.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put a burden, load, or cargo on or in; load; charge: as, to lade a ship with cotton; to lade a horse with corn.
  • Figuratively, to burden: oppress.
  • To lift or throw in or out, as a fluid, with a ladle or other utensil: as, to lade water out of a tub or into a cistern.
  • To admit (water).
  • To draw water.
  • n. A load; specifically, a bag of meal.
  • n. A way; course. See lode.
  • n. A watercourse; a channel for water; a ditch or drain; in Scotland, specifically, a mill-race, especially a headrace.
  • n. The mouth of a river.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. remove with or as if with a ladle
  • v. fill or place a load on


Middle English laden, from Old English hladan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English hladan, akin to Gothic 𐌷𐌻𐌰𐌸𐌰𐌽 (hlaþan), Old Norse hlaða (whence Danish lade, a barn). (Wiktionary)
English dialect, a ditch or drain. Compare lode, lead to conduct. (Wiktionary)



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