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, 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"

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.

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.

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

How to pronounce burden?

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How to say burden in sign language?

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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. Michael Feroli:

    Looking ahead, the consumer now faces the added burden of higher gasoline prices.

  2. Kyle Pomerleau:

    An area of big concern is how much administrative burden we're putting on individuals to get these payments. We should be limiting it as much as possible.

  3. Paul Knierim:

    It’s not fair to impose such a burden on a very small segment of the population.

  4. State Senator:

    The challenges are economic. These people do not need financial burden, they need help, the big chains will be ok, but it is the small ones that will struggle.

  5. Tim Hoefer:

    Pensions like these are unheard of in the private sector — and deserve the close scrutiny of taxpayers, the long list of six-figure pensioners in the New York City Employees’ Retirement System shows just how great a burden the city has placed on its finances.

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