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Definition of Burden


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

Burden Quotations

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
John F. Kennedy

History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.
Lord Acton

Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.
Maya Angelou

Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.
Samuel Smiles

Racism, xenophobia and unfair discrimination have spawned slavery, when human beings have bought and sold and owned and branded fellow human beings as if they were so many beasts of burden.
Desmond Tutu
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Burden Translations

burden in Afrikaans is laai, belaai
burden in Dutch is beladen, inladen, belasten, laden
burden in Finnish is lasti
burden in French is accablement, alourdissons, alourdir, alourdissez
burden in German is belaste, belasten, Last
burden in Italian is addossare, aggravio
burden in Latin is onus, onero, sarcina, gravo
burden in Norwegian is byrde
burden in Portuguese is carga
burden in Spanish is gravamen, carga, ajobo
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