Meaning of “payload” in the English Dictionary

"payload" in American English

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payloadnoun [ C ]

us /ˈpeɪˌloʊd/

the amount of explosive that a missile carries, or the equipment carried in a spacecraft

(Definition of “payload” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"payload" in Business English

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payloadnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈpeɪləʊd/ us 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.

(Definition of “payload” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)