Definitions for Burdenˈbɜr dn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bur•denˈbɜr dn(n.)

  1. that which is carried; load.

  2. that which is borne with difficulty; onus:

    the burden of leadership.

  3. the weight of a ship's cargo. the carrying capacity of a ship.

    Category: Navy

  4. Category: Mining

    Ref: overburden (def. 3). 3

  5. (v.t.)to load heavily.

  6. to load oppressively; trouble.

Origin of burden:

bef. 1000; ME, var. of burthen, OE byrthen

bur•denˈbɜr dn(n.)

  1. an often repeated main point, message, or idea.

  2. a musical refrain; chorus.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of burden:

1275–1325; ME bordoun, burdoun < OF bourdon droning sound, instrument making such a sound

Princeton's WordNet

  1. burden, load, encumbrance, incumbrance, onus(noun)

    an onerous or difficult concern

    "the burden of responsibility"; "that's a load off my mind"

  2. load, loading, burden(noun)

    weight to be borne or conveyed

  3. effect, essence, burden, core, gist(noun)

    the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work

  4. burden(verb)

    the central idea that is expanded in a document or discourse

  5. burden, burthen, weight, weight down(verb)

    weight down with a load

  6. charge, saddle, burden(verb)

    impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to

    "He charged her with cleaning up all the files over the weekend"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. burden(noun)ˈbɜr dn

    an unpleasant responsibility

    elderly people who feel they are a burden to their families

  2. burdenˈbɜr dn

    a heavy load

    ***He walked slowly up the hill with his burden.

  3. burden(verb)ˈbɜr dn

    to cause difficulty for sb

    expensive vacations that had burdened him with debt

Wiktionary

  1. burden(Noun)

    A heavy load.

  2. burden(Noun)

    A responsibility, onus.

  3. burden(Noun)

    A cause of worry.

  4. burden(Noun)

    A phrase or theme that recurs at the end of each verse in a folk song or ballad; the drone of a bagpipe.

  5. burden(Noun)

    Theme, core idea.

  6. burden(Verb)

    To encumber with a burden (in any of the noun senses of the word).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Burden(noun)

    that which is borne or carried; a load

  2. Burden(noun)

    that which is borne with labor or difficulty; that which is grievous, wearisome, or oppressive

  3. Burden(noun)

    the capacity of a vessel, or the weight of cargo that she will carry; as, a ship of a hundred tons burden

  4. Burden(noun)

    the tops or heads of stream-work which lie over the stream of tin

  5. Burden(noun)

    the proportion of ore and flux to fuel, in the charge of a blast furnace

  6. Burden(noun)

    a fixed quantity of certain commodities; as, a burden of gad steel, 120 pounds

  7. Burden(noun)

    a birth

  8. Burden(verb)

    to encumber with weight (literal or figurative); to lay a heavy load upon; to load

  9. Burden(verb)

    to oppress with anything grievous or trying; to overload; as, to burden a nation with taxes

  10. Burden(verb)

    to impose, as a load or burden; to lay or place as a burden (something heavy or objectionable)

  11. Burden(noun)

    the verse repeated in a song, or the return of the theme at the end of each stanza; the chorus; refrain. Hence: That which is often repeated or which is dwelt upon; the main topic; as, the burden of a prayer

  12. Burden(noun)

    the drone of a bagpipe

  13. Burden(noun)

    a club

Freebase

  1. Burden

    Burden is a city in Cowley County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 535.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Burden' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3693

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Burden' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4603

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Burden' in Nouns Frequency: #1388


Translations for Burden

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

burden(noun)

something to be carried

He carried a heavy burden up the hill; The ox is sometimes a beast of burden (= an animal that carries things).

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