Definitions for Burdenˈbɜr dn
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
that which is carried; load.
that which is borne with difficulty; onus:
the burden of leadership.
the weight of a ship's cargo. the carrying capacity of a ship.
Ref: overburden (def. 3). 3
(v.t.)to load heavily.
to load oppressively; trouble.
Origin of burden:
bef. 1000; ME, var. of burthen, OE byrthen
an often repeated main point, message, or idea.
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
burden, load, encumbrance, incumbrance, onus(noun)
an onerous or difficult concern
"the burden of responsibility"; "that's a load off my mind"
load, loading, burden(noun)
weight to be borne or conveyed
effect, essence, burden, core, gist(noun)
the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
the central idea that is expanded in a document or discourse
burden, burthen, weight, weight down(verb)
weight down with a load
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
an unpleasant responsibility
elderly people who feel they are a burden to their families
a heavy load
***He walked slowly up the hill with his burden.
to cause difficulty for sb
expensive vacations that had burdened him with debt
A heavy load.
A responsibility, onus.
A cause of worry.
A phrase or theme that recurs at the end of each verse in a folk song or ballad; the drone of a bagpipe.
Theme, core idea.
To encumber with a burden (in any of the noun senses of the word).
that which is borne or carried; a load
that which is borne with labor or difficulty; that which is grievous, wearisome, or oppressive
the capacity of a vessel, or the weight of cargo that she will carry; as, a ship of a hundred tons burden
the tops or heads of stream-work which lie over the stream of tin
the proportion of ore and flux to fuel, in the charge of a blast furnace
a fixed quantity of certain commodities; as, a burden of gad steel, 120 pounds
to encumber with weight (literal or figurative); to lay a heavy load upon; to load
to oppress with anything grievous or trying; to overload; as, to burden a nation with taxes
to impose, as a load or burden; to lay or place as a burden (something heavy or objectionable)
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
the drone of a bagpipe
Translations for Burden
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
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).
- las, vragAfrikaans
- fardoPortuguese (BR)
- die LastGerman
- بار؛ محمولهFarsi
- carico, somaItalian
- nastu nesējs dzīvnieksLatvian
- last, vrachtDutch
- bør, byrde, lastNorwegian
- بار؛ محمولهPersian
- ноша, тяжестьRussian
- börda, lastSwedish
- 擔子Chinese (Trad.)
- вага; ношаUkrainian
- بوجھ، وزن ، بارUrdu
- gánh nặngVietnamese
- 担子Chinese (Simp.)
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