Definitions of burden

  1. To encumber with weight ( literal or figurative); to lay a heavy load upon; to load.
  2. To oppress with anything grievous or trying; to overload; as, to burden a nation with taxes.
  3. To impose, as a load or burden; to lay or place as a burden ( something heavy or objectionable).
  4. To load; to lay a weight upon; to put too much upon; hence, to oppress. Also, burthen.
  5. To load: to oppress: to encumber.
  6. To load; oppress.
  7. To load or overload.
  8. To load; to encumber; to oppress. See Bear.
  9. To lay on a load; to oppress.
  10. an onerous or difficult concern; " the burden of responsibility"; " that's a load off my mind"
  11. The refrain of a song.
  12. That which is borne or carried; a load.
  13. That which is borne with labor or difficulty; that which is grievous, wearisome, or oppressive.
  14. The tops or heads of stream- work which lie over the stream of tin.
  15. The proportion of ore and flux to fuel, in the charge of a blast furnace.
  16. A fixed quantity of certain commodities; as, a burden of gad steel, 120 pounds.
  17. A birth.
  18. 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.
  19. The drone of a bagpipe.
  20. A club.
  21. That which is borne or carried; a load; something grievous, wearisome, or oppressive; a chorus or refrain; a topic of conversation; the gist of a matter.
  22. A load: weight: cargo: that which is grievous, oppressive, or difficult to bear.
  23. Part of a song repeated at the end of every stanza, refrain.
  24. What is borne; a load; the refrain or chorus of a song.
  25. Something heavy to bear; a load.
  26. The carrying capacity of a vessel.
  27. Something borne or carried; a load; anything that is grievous, wearisome, or oppressive to bear; quantity that a ship will carry; cargo.
  28. The verse repeated in a song at the end of each verse: the chorus; that which is often repeated, or on which one dwells.
  29. Sometimes written burthen, something carried; a load; something grievous or oppressive; the prevailing sentiment in a song; the chorus; a ship's capacity for carrying.