Load and lode are homophones, i.e., they sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. The former defines a burden of an object, which must be carried or transported, the quantity of work that needs to be accomplished, and also the charge of powder contained within a bullet.

A lode, on the other hand, is a type of metallic ore found inside Earth. Lode is also used in a figurative sense to mean something which is abundant.