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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Riders will load onto the southbound travel lanes as usual during this phase.
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).
Using a pallet stacker, pallet dispenser, input conveyor and an output conveyor, the station receives loads from a conveyor, transfers the load from one load base to another, stacks the pallet and automatically discharges the transferred load onto a conveyor.
Simply lower the platform to your load, slide the load onto the platform, and lift with ease.
To ease the movement of heavy work load onto the table by overhead crane or hoist, the toning transfer cart is motor driven.
As the load raised, a rope and pulley allowed the side of the barge to tilt outward, and when the load was over the desired portion of the stack, a trip rope was pulled that released the barge, which tilted over, dumping the load onto the stack.
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.
The machine builds a new load onto a pallet placed directly on the floor, enabling easy removal either manually or by forklift truck.
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 3.1--and it ran flawlessly.
It will be complemented by mechanistic analyses of the cofactors that help cohesin to load onto chromosomes and establish sister chromatid cohesion.
The operator simply places a load onto the turntable, attaches the film to the load, and pushes a button on the simple control panel.