load onto

load onto

1. To get onto or into something, especially a vehicle, all at the same time. Make sure you take a head count after all the kids have loaded onto the bus. The passengers began loading onto the cruise ship, blissfully unaware of the horror that awaited them in the middle of the ocean.
2. To usher people onto or into something, especially a vehicle, all at the same time. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "load" and "into." We had just loaded everyone onto the boat when Tommy said he needed to use the bathroom. I hope they start loading us onto the plane soon.
3. To put a supply of something onto a structure, vehicle, or mode of conveyance. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "load" and "into." Let me know when you're finished loading that timber onto the truck. We'll need a forklift to load these pallets onto the shelves in the warehouse.
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load something onto someone or something

 and load something on
to lift something onto someone or something. We loaded the trunk onto Sam, and he carried it up the stairs into the house. Please help me load the boxes onto the cart. Load on the boxes, and let's go.
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Summary: Pyongyang, [North Korea], Sept 3 (ANI): North Korea has developed a more advanced hydrogen bomb that it plans to load onto an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICMB).
It will be complemented by mechanistic analyses of the cofactors that help cohesin to load onto chromosomes and establish sister chromatid cohesion.
The Alsthom generator, which should have taken about 20 minutes to load onto the Canada-bound ACL cargo ship at Royal Seaforth container terminal, eventually missed the boat after dockers tried desperately for three hours to move the load.
CANYON COUNTRY - A big rig hauling 40,000 pounds of computer equipment overturned on the Sand Canyon Road off-ramp of the southbound Antelope Valley Freeway on Thursday, spilling its load onto the exit ramp and snarling traffic for hours, officials said.
After more than 18 months of delays, Microsoft reluctantly announced that some computer manufacturers wouldn't receive final versions of Windows 95 in time to load onto their new machines before the August release date.
We've been putting the latest prepublication version of Windows 95 through some tough tests--running it on a Novell network, loading up with more applications than we ever were able to load onto Windows 3.
The program truly is a winning proposition for both consumers and financial institutions: gift card buyers choose how much value to load onto a card and recipients use them like cash wherever debit cards are accepted at the point-of-sale, and banks and credit unions have an opportunity to establish new one-on-one relationships and connections with their customers.
PacketHop's standards-based software and applications easily load onto virtually any off-the-shelf laptop, tablet or PDA -- enabling every device to send, receive and route data and to immediately form a mobile mesh broadband network which can operate with or without wireless access points.