Please, tell me if a noun load and a noun loading are interchangeable? Can I say "fast document load" or "slow image loading"? Are these two words synonyms?

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    consider the difference between talk and talking – Jim Jul 28 '15 at 4:59
  • @Mr. twister or run and running. I don't know how to explain this precisely, but you may think of load, talk, run as an act, an instance of such activity, usually a complete act, and think of loading, talking, running as the activity itself, a concept of such activity, an abstract idea of such activity. – Damkerng T. Jul 28 '15 at 9:53

The noun version of loading can be the abstract as commented above, but because it tends to refer to a process rather than an event, it is also natural and common to use it in referring to things that take some time. "Document loading" implies it is(was/will be) ongoing. That is not due to your slow/fast although the effects of those adjectives in your examples reinforce the effect of the verbs.

Load can be a noun or active verb. Noun: "Waiting for the document load to finish" Verb: "Waiting for the document to load"

Loading can be noun or passive verb. Noun: "Document loading in progress" Verb "The document is loading"

I know you only asked about the noun usage, but the verb usages have the same difference. Event vs process.

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  • Thank you, @elc! I think I understand, but I'm not sure my understanding is clear. I see that you are a developer, so can I ask you how I can name a process of lazy loading of images? Many people use a definition lazy load, while according to what you have said, in my opinion, this process is refered to lazy loading, because it is a process, not a single action. So, where is the truth? – El cero Jul 29 '15 at 11:51
  • I think for naming something it would be natural to use lazy_load which can be interpreted either as the event "start a lazy load" or as the imperative "load something! (lazily)". Or maybe for something like a handler or daemon it might be lazy_loader. "Lazy_loading" is more like something you might see in a log event written by that code "lazy loading, ran out of memory". – elc Jul 29 '15 at 22:45
  • What about of the concept of lazy loading, does it exist If a mean a concept, not an event or the imperative? – El cero Jul 30 '15 at 11:31
  • Yes, that certainly is the way to refer to the concept. So a module or api might be a 'lazy loading' library. Or a comment on a section of code might be "lazy loading happens here". But again, methods or functions tend to be phrased more actively--in terms of events or actors rather than in terms of operational modes. – elc Jul 30 '15 at 16:02

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