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Definition of burden:

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


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