payload

payload
payload pay‧load [ˈpeɪləʊd ǁ -loʊd] noun [countable] TRANSPORT COMMERCE
the amount of goods or passengers that are carried by a vehicle or aircraft, measured by their weight, and for which payment is received:

• The Federal Express freighters will carry a gross payload of 187,500 pounds.

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payload UK US /ˈpeɪləʊd/ noun [C or U] TRANSPORT
the total number of passengers and weight of goods that an aircraft or a ship carries or can carry, for which payment is received: »

The 767s carry a maximum payload of 75,000 pounds.

goods that a vehicle is carrying or can carry: »

The truck involved in the collision was carrying a payload of toxic materials.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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