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payload

Noun

1 the front part of a guided missile or rocket or torpedo that carries the nuclear or explosive charge or the chemical or biological agents [syn: warhead, load]
2 goods carried by a large vehicle [syn: cargo, lading, freight, load, loading, shipment, consignment]

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English

Noun

  1. That part of a cargo that produces revenue
  2. The total weight of passengers, crew, equipment and cargo carried by an aircraft or spacecraft
  3. The explosive in the warhead of a missile
  4. The functional part of a computer virus rather than the part that spreads it
  5. The actual data in a data stream

Translations

That part of a cargo that produces revenue
The total weight of passengers, crew, equipment and cargo carried by an aircraft or spacecraft
The explosive in the warhead of a missile
The functional part of a computer virus rather than the part that spreads it
The actual data in a data stream

Extensive Definition

Payload may refer to:
  • Cargo, goods or produce being delivered or transported
  • Payload (air and space craft), the net carrying capacity of an aircraft or spacecraft (as distinct from throw weight)
  • Warhead, a payload composed of explosive materials and a detonator delivered by a missile, rocket, or torpedo
  • Payload (software), a computer program delivered by encapsulation, or the part of a data stream representing the user information and user overhead.
Payload may also refer to:
payload in German: Nutzlast
payload in Modern Greek (1453-): Ωφέλιμο φορτίο
payload in Spanish: Carga útil
payload in Persian: بار مفید
payload in French: Charge utile
payload in Hebrew: מטעד
payload in Italian: Payload
payload in Latvian: Derīgā krava
payload in Japanese: ペイロード

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

atomic warhead, baggage, bird, blast, burden, cargo, carload, cartload, charge, consignment, freight, freightage, full load, goods, guided missile, haul, impedimenta, lading, load, luggage, missile, nuclear warhead, pack, rocket, shipload, shipment, thermonuclear warhead, torpedo, trailerload, trainload, truckload, vanload, war rocket, warhead
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