(1) To copy a program from some source, such as the hard disk or CD-ROM, into memory for execution. In the early days, programs were loaded first and then run. Today, when referring to applications, loading implies load and run. Thus, "load" the program, "run" the program and "launch" the program are synonymous.|
People often use the term erroneously to refer to installation; therefore, "load the program" may really mean "install the program."
(2) To fill up a disk with data or programs.