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Burden meaning

burden - 15 dictionary results

  1. 1. That which is borne or carried; a load.
  2. 2. That which is borne with labor or difficulty; that which is grievous, wearisome, or oppressive.
  3. 3. The capacity of a vessel, or the weight of cargo that she will carry; as, a ship of a hundred tons burden.
  4. 4. The tops or heads of stream- work which lie over the stream of tin.
  5. 5. The proportion of ore and flux to fuel, in the charge of a blast furnace.
  6. 6. A fixed quantity of certain commodities; as, a burden of gad steel, 120 pounds.
  7. 7. A birth.
  8. 8. To encumber with weight ( literal or figurative); to lay a heavy load upon; to load.
  9. 9. To oppress with anything grievous or trying; to overload; as, to burden a nation with taxes.
  10. 10. To impose, as a load or burden; to lay or place as a burden ( something heavy or objectionable).
  11. 11. 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. 12. The drone of a bagpipe.
  13. 13. A club.
  14. 14. To load; oppress.
  15. 15. What is borne; a load; the refrain or chorus of a song.

burden - examples of usage

  1. She argued naturally that, if this were the case, the burden of the conversation should rest with him. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  2. I will not let the day come when life shall be a burden. - "The Princess Pocahontas", Virginia Watson.
  3. In brief, life becomes a burden. - "Practical Ethics", William DeWitt Hyde.
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