Hi provost, welcome to the forums.
‘load’ refers to the force on the engine.
I’m not particularly familiar with car terminology but i’ll attempt to explain anyway:
When your idling there is no load on the engine. As you release the clutch and accellerate the load is quite high. (the purpose of the clutch is to prevent the engine stalling from too much load)
As the car speeds up (and we stay in the same gear) the load reduces. When we reach a speed where we need to change up to the next gear, the load is high again at the start of the new gear.
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