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Definitions of burden

  1. weight down with a load
  2. weight to be borne or conveyed
  3. an onerous or difficult concern; " the burden of responsibility"; " that's a load off my mind"
  4. the central idea that is expanded in a document or discourse
  5. the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
  6. impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to; " He charged her with cleaning up all the files over the weekend"
  7. The refrain of a song.
  8. That which is borne or carried; a load.
  9. That which is borne with labor or difficulty; that which is grievous, wearisome, or oppressive.
  10. The capacity of a vessel, or the weight of cargo that she will carry; as, a ship of a hundred tons burden.
  11. The tops or heads of stream- work which lie over the stream of tin.
  12. The proportion of ore and flux to fuel, in the charge of a blast furnace.
  13. A fixed quantity of certain commodities; as, a burden of gad steel, 120 pounds.
  14. A birth.
  15. To encumber with weight ( literal or figurative); to lay a heavy load upon; to load.
  16. To oppress with anything grievous or trying; to overload; as, to burden a nation with taxes.
  17. To impose, as a load or burden; to lay or place as a burden ( something heavy or objectionable).
  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. To load; to lay a weight upon; to put too much upon; hence, to oppress. Also, burthen.
  23. A load: weight: cargo: that which is grievous, oppressive, or difficult to bear.
  24. To load: to oppress: to encumber.
  25. Part of a song repeated at the end of every stanza, refrain.
  26. To load; oppress.
  27. What is borne; a load; the refrain or chorus of a song.
  28. To load or overload.
  29. Something heavy to bear; a load.
  30. The carrying capacity of a vessel.
  31. Something borne or carried; a load; anything that is grievous, wearisome, or oppressive to bear; quantity that a ship will carry; cargo.
  32. The verse repeated in a song at the end of each verse: the chorus; that which is often repeated, or on which one dwells.
  33. To load; to encumber; to oppress. See Bear.
  34. 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.
  35. To lay on a load; to oppress.
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Quotes of burden

  1. The camera relieves us of the burden of memory. It surveys us like God, and it surveys for us. Yet no other god has been so cynical, for the camera records in order to forget. – John Berger
  2. Books support us in our solitude and keep us from being a burden to ourselves. – Jeremy Collier
  3. Brick and mortar businesses- and the communities that depend on them- cannot continue to bear an unfair sales tax burden from which their on -line competitors are effectively exempt. – Bill Delahunt
  4. The ultimate goal of the educational system is to shift to the individual the burden of pursing his own education. This will not be a widely shared pursuit until we get over our odd conviction that education is what goes on in school buildings and nowhere else. – John W. Gardner
  5. We finally sat down and asked ourselves how much of our lives we wanted to give everybody. We had just given a little too much, and it started to become a burden – Brian Austin Green
  6. I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  7. It is with obedience to your call that I take up the burden of government leadership for the final time. – Kamisese Mara
  8. The poorest residents of the gulf coast were most affected by the devastating hurricanes, and the poorest Americans have shouldered a disproportionate share of the burden in Iraq. – Marty Meehan
  9. The burden of the past is only, I think, oppressive when you've got to go on the experience of the avant garde. – Jonathan Miller
  10. The alternative minimum tax was designed to prevent the very wealthiest Americans from overusing certain tax benefits to avoid most of their tax burden – Richard Neal
  11. A diagnosis is burden enough without being burdened by secrecy and shame. – Jane Pauley
  12. The burden of the self is lightened with I laugh at myself. – Rabindranath Tagore
  13. Life is like unto a long journey with a heavy burden – Ieyasu Tokugawa
  14. There is fear as to whether Japan, reduced to such a predicament, could ever manage to pay reparations to certain designated Allied Powers without shifting the burden upon the other Allied Powers. – Shigeru Yoshida

Usage examples for burden

  1. " I have been a sad burden to you, Marie; we should not have married so soon; but I thought I was stronger. – Night and Morning, Volume 3 by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  2. Such is the burden of her advice. – The Eleven Comedies by Aristophanes et al
  3. Had she been here she might have been another burden – A Day Of Fate by E. P. Roe
  4. So I waited, my heart being now at rest and the burden gone. – A Retrospect by James Hudson Taylor
  5. You would not be a burden to him? – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  6. Something would happen- that was the burden of her thoughts. – A Terrible Secret by May Agnes Fleming
  7. I am glad not to be a burden to you; but I should wish to be a comfort when I can." – Charlotte's Inheritance by M. E. Braddon
  8. If, then, on passing hence, you are cut off from what you had here, and have only the company of yourself, I think your burden will be, so far, greater, not less than it is now. – Callista by John Henry Cardinal Newman
  9. His mind was wandering, but still the burden of his soul was, " Julia, Julia, oh, will she not come?" – Tempest and Sunshine by Mary J. Holmes
  10. The others now put their burden into a boat and crossed the river. – Bengal Dacoits and Tigers by Maharanee Sunity Devee
  11. It is when to- morrow's burden is added to the burden of to- day that the burden is more than a man can bear. – The Girl Wanted by Nixon Waterman
  12. I'm too much of a burden too much weight. – "I Conquered" by Harold Titus
  13. " Mariana, I would have been a burden to you and to myself. – Virgin Soil by Ivan S. Turgenev
  14. At a great meeting in Jerusalem, soon thereafter, Isaiah again took up the burden of his argument against Israel and Syria. – Stories of the Prophets (Before the Exile) by Isaac Landman
  15. I knew I was only good for a few months more at the most, and I would soon be a helpless burden – Starr, of the Desert by B. M Bower
  16. They pray for a city, sick of the burden of their sea- sorrow. – The Aeneid of Virgil by Virgil
  17. They were a burden from which she was never free. – Mary Wollstonecraft by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  18. I've got to get him across the river- He knelt and swung the burden across his back. – Red Fleece by Will Levington Comfort
  19. She has only one burden but I have three, and I have her burden too. – Plays: The Father; Countess Julie; The Outlaw; The Stronger by August Strindberg
  20. For a moment the sense of the great burden she was carrying fell from Catherine's shoulders. – The Devil's Paw by E. Phillips Oppenheim

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