What does burden mean?

Definitions for burden
ˈbɜr dnbur·den

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word burden.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. burden, load, encumbrance, incumbrance, onusnoun

    an onerous or difficult concern

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

  2. load, loading, burdennoun

    weight to be borne or conveyed

  3. effect, essence, burden, core, gistnoun

    the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work

  4. burdenverb

    the central idea that is expanded in a document or discourse

  5. burden, burthen, weight, weight downverb

    weight down with a load

  6. charge, saddle, burdenverb

    impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to

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

Wiktionary

  1. burdennoun

    A heavy load.

  2. burdennoun

    A responsibility, onus.

  3. burdennoun

    A cause of worry.

  4. burdennoun

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

  5. burdennoun

    Theme, core idea.

  6. burdenverb

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Burdennoun

    that which is borne or carried; a load

  2. Burdennoun

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

  3. Burdennoun

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

  4. Burdennoun

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

  5. Burdennoun

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

  6. Burdennoun

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

  7. Burdennoun

    a birth

  8. Burdenverb

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

  9. Burdenverb

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

  10. Burdenverb

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

  11. Burdennoun

    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. Burdennoun

    the drone of a bagpipe

  13. Burdennoun

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Burden

    bur′dn, n. a load: weight: cargo: that which is grievous, oppressive, or difficult to bear, as blame, sin, sorrow, &c.: birth.—v.t. to load: to oppress: to encumber.—adjs. Bur′denous, Bur′densome, heavy: oppressive.—Burden of proof, in legal procedure, signifies the obligation to establish by evidence certain disputed facts. [A.S. byrthenberan, to bear.]

  2. Burden

    bur′dn, n. part of a song repeated at the end of every stanza, refrain: the leading idea of anything: a load of care, sorrow, or responsibility. [Fr. bourdon, a humming tone in music—Low L. burdo, a drone or non-working bee.]

  3. Burden

    bur′dn, n. (Spens.) a pilgrim's staff. [See Bourdon.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. burden

    Is the quantity of contents or number of tons weight of goods or munitions which a ship will carry, when loaded to a proper sea-trim: and this is ascertained by certain fixed rules of measurement. The precise burden or burthen is about twice the tonnage, but then a vessel would be deemed deeply laden.

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  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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of burden in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of burden in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of burden in a Sentence

  1. Tina Fordham:

    The UK's perceived failure to participate in burden-sharing could further undermine David Cameron's ability to extract concessions ahead of the referendum.

  2. Chris Christie:

    The unique approach Ford brings will help build on my administration's approach to responsible management of the state's finances and prudent oversight of taxpayer funds, i look forward to his insights on fiscal and tax policy solutions that will continue growing our economy and bringing much-needed relief to the burden shouldered by New Jersey taxpayers.

  3. Oscar Auliq-Ice:

    Apartheid continues to thrive with the same strength but in a different form, and this puts a heavier burden on the shoulders of those who wish to fight against Apartheid types of injustice.

  4. Robert Redfield:

    This needs to be a partnership. It's not all the burden of the federal government to invest in public health at the local level.

  5. The EPA:

    The agency will continue these collaborative efforts for any revised ozone standards, including working with California as it continues to explore regulatory strategies and technologies to reduce pollution and improve public health protection, california has faced a uniquely difficult attainment task due to the combination of adverse meteorology and topography, population growth, and the pollution burden associated with mobile sources.

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