I am again looking for the right word to use for a technical document. I would like to find a word that

  1. is a verb (or a ing-verb "eating" "drinking")
  2. It describes the following action: Say I have a tray-like mechanism with compartments and I put a number of pills into each of these compartments by hand.

I have been finding words like "shedding", "sprinkle" but I am not quite convinced that they are right for what I want to express.

EDIT: Additional

How about "feeding" pills to the tray?

EDIT2 This is a related to my previous question

  • Dispensing, perhaps?
    – Mick
    Commented Nov 10, 2017 at 2:40
  • Umm I am using "dispensing" for when a pill is being expelled automatically from a canister.. In this case, instead, I am feeding the machine with pills (to be dispensed later) Commented Nov 10, 2017 at 2:52
  • How about distributing?
    – Philip Roe
    Commented Nov 10, 2017 at 3:16
  • I would suggest including a link to your previous question to provide more context. Not everyone reading this will be familiar with your previous question.
    – mathewb
    Commented Nov 13, 2017 at 18:43

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Honestly, a simple loading might do here. Or you could go with manually loading to encompass the "by hand" aspect.

Feeding, as you've suggested, would be another great fit for this case. It can also be used with manually in order to make it clear that this step is to be done by hand.

feed (verb): supply (a machine) with material, power, or other things necessary for its operation.

Another option that might work is priming.

prime (verb): make (something) ready for use or action, in particular.

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    Or stocking, since one is establishing a stock of product to be dispensed later. Commented Nov 10, 2017 at 6:10
  • How about "feeding"? (Although stocking seems really nice too) Commented Nov 13, 2017 at 4:48
  • @KansaiRobot Yes, feeding would be a good option, too. It can also be combined with the adverb manually to make it clear that the process is to be done by hand. So you could say something like "In order to prepare (or stock, using Chemomechanics suggestion) the device for a processing batch, you must first fill the tray by manually feeding twelve pills into each compartment."
    – mathewb
    Commented Nov 13, 2017 at 16:03
  • Feeding suggests that the machine will in some way be running on the pills. Stocking, loading, filling. Commented Nov 13, 2017 at 16:16
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    @LukeSawczak Okay - it was clarified in a comment, but not in the question itself. KansaiRobot had also asked another question recently regarding this same technical document, so I had a little more context in responding to the question. I just left a comment suggesting that it be included in this question.
    – mathewb
    Commented Nov 13, 2017 at 18:43

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