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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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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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