Definition of Payload

1. Noun. The front part of a guided missile or rocket or torpedo that carries the nuclear or explosive charge or the chemical or biological agents.

Exact synonyms: Load, Warhead
Specialized synonyms: Atomic Warhead, Nuclear Warhead, Nuke, Thermonuclear Warhead
Generic synonyms: Explosive
Group relationships: Guided Missile
Derivative terms: Load



2. Noun. Goods carried by a large vehicle.
Exact synonyms: Cargo, Consignment, Freight, Lading, Load, Loading, Shipment
Generic synonyms: Merchandise, Product, Ware
Derivative terms: Freight, Lade, Load, Load, Ship

Definition of Payload

1. Noun. That part of a cargo that produces revenue ¹

2. Noun. The total weight of passengers, crew, equipment(,) and cargo carried by an aircraft or spacecraft ¹

3. Noun. That part of a rocket, missile, propelled stinger(,) or torpedo that is not concerned with propulsion or guidance, such as a warhead or satellite. ¹

4. Noun. (computing) The functional part of a computer virus rather than the part that spreads it ¹

5. Noun. (communication) The actual data in a data stream ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Payload

1. the part of a cargo producing income [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Payload

payer
payers
payess
payesses
payest
payeth
payfone
payfones
paygrade
paygrades
paying
paying(a)
paying attention
paying back
payings
payload (current term)
payloader
payloaders
payloads
paymaster
paymasters
payment
payment rate
payment schedule
payment service
payments
payn
payndemain
paynim
paynimry

Literary usage of Payload

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1. U. S. National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the People's edited by Christopher Cox (1999)
"payload preparation and handling is an area where procedures do differ, since satellites often require a complex checkout sequence before launch which ..."

2. Preventing the Forward Contamination of Mars by National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Preventing the Forward Contamination of Mars, National Research Council (U.S.). Space Studies Board, National Research Council (U.S.). Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences (2006)
"Once the payload is within the payload fairing, it is under continuous conditioned air or gaseous nitrogen purge, which means that a positive pressure ..."

3. Report of the Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident by Southgate Publishers, DIANE Publishing Company (1995)
"The payload bay doors remained latched. All landing gear were up and locked, all doors remained closed and locked, and the remote manipulator system and ..."

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