And for LOAD, from Dictionary.com:
"20. to place (film, tape, etc.) into a camera or other device: He loaded the film into the camera.
21. to place film, tape, etc., into (a camera or other device): How do you load this camera?"
Since you are dealing with data tables in the ETL or DI Studio, what you are "loading" is data from a SOURCE table into a TARGET table.
The acronym "ETL" is an industry-wide term -- meaning EXTRACT, TRANSFORM, LOAD. For example, Wikipedia has a very clear description of the concepts: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etl
And within the context of SAS, you do the "extracting, transforming and loading" using SAS programs, or using SAS ETL Studio (older product) or using the new product, SAS DI (Data Integration) Studio.
On page 6 of the ETL Studio documentation, it has this explanation of the relevant terms:
Extract data from sources such as SAS data sets,
DBMS tables, and enterprise applications.
Transform the data before writing it to the target
data stores. For example, you might change the
structure of your data by joining the contents of
several tables into one table.
Load the transformed data into the target data
I would suggest that you read the ETL Studio User's Guide (or the DI Studio User's Guide) in order to familiarize yourself with how ETL Studio works and how the terms "extract" and "load" are used in the context of ETL Studio.
which has a section called "Working with Loader Transformations" in the "Working with Transformations" chapter. This section lists and describes all of the loader transformations available in SAS Data Integration Studio.
Hope this helps,
Senior Technical Writer