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  • adj. Able to support a load.
  • n. The carrying of loads.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Supporting a load{10} from parts of a structure above.

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

  • adj. capable of bearing a structural load


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