Webster 1913 Edition
byrðen; akin to Icel.
baúrþei, fr. the root of E.
bairan. √92. See 1st
That which is borne or carried; a load.
Plants with goodly
That which is borne with labor or difficulty; that which is grievous, wearisome, or oppressive.
Deaf, giddy, helpless, left alone,
To all my friends a
To all my friends a
The capacity of a vessel, or the weight of cargo that she will carry;
as, a ship of a hundred tons.
The tops or heads of stream-work which lie over the stream of tin.
The proportion of ore and flux to fuel, in the charge of a blast furnace.
A fixed quantity of certain commodities;
burdenof gad steel, 120 pounds
[Obs. & R.]
Beast of burden,
an animal employed in carrying burdens.–
Burden of proof
the duty of proving a particular position in a court of law, a failure in the performance of which duty calls for judgment against the party on whom the duty is imposed.
A burden is, in the literal sense, a weight to be borne; a load is something laid upon us to be carried. Hence, when used figuratively, there is usually a difference between the two words. Our burdens may be of such a nature that we feel bound to bear them cheerfully or without complaint. They may arise from the nature of our situation; they may be allotments of Providence; they may be the consequences of our errors. What is upon us, as a load, we commonly carry with greater reluctance or sense of oppression. Men often find the charge of their own families to be a burden; but if to this be added a load of care for others, the pressure is usually serve and irksome.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To encumber with weight (literal or figurative); to lay a heavy load upon; to load.
I mean not that other men be eased, and ye
2 Cor. viii. 13.
To oppress with anything grievous or trying; to overload;
burdena nation with taxes
burdenedheart would break.
To impose, as a load or burden; to lay or place as a burden (something heavy or objectionable).
It is absurd to
burdenthis act on Cromwell.
Syn. – To load; encumber; overload; oppress.
burdounthe bass in music, F.
bourdon; cf. LL.
burdodrone, a long organ pipe, a staff, a mule. Prob. of imitative origin. Cf.
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;
burdenof a prayer
I would sing my song without a
The drone of a bagpipe.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.That which is borne or carried; a load. Hence,
2.That which is borne with labor or difficulty; that which is grievous, wearisome or oppressive.
4.The verse repeated in a song, or the return of the theme at the end of each verse; the chorus; so called from the application of this word to the drone or base, and the pipe or string which plays it, in an instrument. A chord which is to be divided, to perform the intervals of music,when open and undivided, is also called the burden.
5.In common language, that which is often repeated; a subject on which one dwells.
6.A fixed quantity of certain commodities; as a burden of gad steel, 120 pounds.
7.The contents of a ship; the quantity or number of tons, a vessel will carry; as a ship of a hundred tons burden.
8.A club. [Not in use.]
1.To oppress with any thing grievous; as, to burden a nation with taxes.
2.To surcharge; as, to burden the memory.