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Laden \Lad"en\, p. & a. Loaded; freighted; burdened; as, a laden vessel; a laden heart.

Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity.
--Is. i. 4.

A ship laden with gold.


Lade \Lade\ (l[=a]d), v. t. [imp. Laded; p. p. Laded, Laden (l[=a]d'n); p. pr. & vb. n. Lading.] [AS. hladan to heap, load, draw (water); akin to D. & G. laden to load, OHG. hladan, ladan, Icel. hla[eth]a, Sw. ladda, Dan. lade, Goth. afhla[thorn]an. Cf. Load, Ladle, Lathe for turning, Last a load.]

  1. To load; to put a burden or freight on or in; -- generally followed by that which receives the load, as the direct object.

    And they laded their asses with the corn.
    --Gen. xlii. 26.

  2. To throw in or out, with a ladle or dipper; to dip; as, to lade water out of a tub, or into a cistern.

    And chides the sea that sunders him from thence, Saying, he'll lade it dry to have his way.

  3. (Plate Glass Manuf.) To transfer (the molten glass) from the pot to the forming table.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"loaded, weighted down," 1590s, from the original past participle of lade.

  1. 1 weighed down with a load, burdened. 2 heavy. 3 oppressed. 4 (label en chemistry) In the form of an adsorbate or adduct. v

  2. (past participle of lade English)

  1. adj. filled with a great quantity; "a tray loaded with dishes"; "table laden with food"; "`ladened' is not current usage" [syn: loaded, ladened]

  2. burdened psychologically or mentally; "laden with grief"; "oppressed by a sense of failure" [syn: oppressed]

  1. v. remove with or as if with a ladle; "ladle the water out of the bowl" [syn: ladle, lade]

  2. fill or place a load on; "load a car"; "load the truck with hay" [syn: load, lade, load up]

  1. v. remove with or as if with a ladle; "ladle the water out of the bowl" [syn: ladle, laden]

  2. fill or place a load on; "load a car"; "load the truck with hay" [syn: load, laden, load up]

  3. [also: laden]


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Usage examples of "laden".

The spoor was but a couple of days old when the two discovered it, which meant that the slow-moving caravan was but a few hours distant from them whose trained and agile muscles could carry their bodies swiftly through the branches above the tangled undergrowth which had impeded the progress of the laden carriers of the white men.

He was alone, as he always was when practicing, but had two horses with him: one, the black charger he always rode, the other a smaller beast of burden, laden with the equipment he would need for practicing.

Good God, he thought, Eustace tells me the Ames are as heavily laden as Croesus.

Long lines of arabas, laden with provisions and stores, crawled slowly along between Balaklava and the front.

Before she went downstairs to set the house astir, Alaina bent to brush a kiss upon his lips, and Cole had only just begun to miss her cheery presence when she returned, bearing a tray laden with his breakfast.

Laden were having their dinner, and Dad and Bish went up to the editorial office.

I eyed it wistfully for a moment, and then, unable any longer to stand on ceremony, plunged my hand into the yielding mass, and to the boisterous mirth of the natives drew it forth laden with the poee-poee, which adhered in lengthy strings to every finger.

 The old and new apartments soon boomed to the sounds of saws and hammers, and the air was laden with the scent of glue and varnish and fresh paint.

They were interrupted as Bowland brought in a wide tray laden with tea and cakes.

Directly in front of her was a wall of bullace vines laden with the delicious grapes.

Corunna, coming on deck the following morning, found Marvin bargaining with the bumboat men whose small craft, laden with horse-meat, water kegs and newly-caught marine delicacies such as mussels and squid, were clustered at the waist of the Olive Branch like squash seeds floating beside a segment of their parent squash.

Then, contemplating the pale moon, as she sinks beneath the waves of the rolling sea, the memory of bygone days strikes the mind of the hero, days when approaching danger invigorated the brave, and the moon shone upon his bark laden with spoils, and returning in triumph.

Heavy carts laden with barrels of beer, crates of produce and animals made their way past noisy motorcars and shining black Hansom carriages to the Byward Market where vendors called their wares in French and English.

In which ship he had news of another ship called the Cacafuego, which was gone towards Payta, and that the same ship was laden with treasure.

While I was waiting for the return of the peasant with his vehicle, some forty mules laden with provisions came along the road towards Rimini.