What does the word load mean?

Usage examples for load

  1. His friend now- with the load off you- but never her husband. – Five Little Plays by Alfred Sutro
  2. This brief pause had been enough to make real to me the cruel load of Bimala's misery. – The Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore
  3. I just started off with a rush- the same as lots of others did who were watching the circus load- when the lion got loose. – Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue on an Auto Tour by Laura Lee Hope