- the weight of a ship's cargo.
- the carrying capacity of a ship.
verb (used with object)
- burchfield, charles,
- burden of proof,
Origin of burden1
Origin of burden2
Examples from the Web for burden
“If Charleston harbor needs improvement, let the commerce of Charleston bear the burden,” he said.Steve Scalise Shows There’s a Fine Line Between Confederate & Southern|Lloyd Green|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“There are indications that decriminalization can reduce the burden on criminal justice systems,” the report said.
Why do so many put the burden of speaking to race issues on Cosby?A Full-Length Bill Cosby Portrait: From Track Star to Ugly Sweaters|Scott Porch|September 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
While women are often better informed about their health, that means they bear the burden of broaching the topic of HPV.
Parents who bring wrongful birth suits seem to face a burden faced by no other plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases.
It's no the burden, but the owerburden, that kills the beast.The Proverbs of Scotland|Alexander Hislop
Well has one of our greatest poets written, "Take up the fat man's burden."Three Elephant Power|Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson
Then they went back home to take up the burden that was their share.Hero Tales of the Far North|Jacob A. Riis
Robert guessed it all, and whatever remorseful love could do to soften such a strain and burden he tried to do.Robert Elsmere|Mrs. Humphry Ward
And why consciences grow so heavy, if there's no one to help to bear the burden.The Road to Damascus|August Strindberg
- the cargo capacity of a ship
- the weight of a ship's cargo
Word Origin for burden
Word Origin for burden
"a load," Old English byrðen "a load, weight, charge, duty;" also "a child;" from Proto-Germanic *burthinjo- "that which is borne" (cf. Old Norse byrðr, Old Saxon burthinnia, German bürde, Gothic baurþei), from PIE root *bher- (1) "to bear, to carry; give birth" (see infer).
The shift from -th- to -d- took place beginning 12c. (cf. murder). Archaic burthen is occasionally retained for the specific sense of "capacity of a ship." Burden of proof is recorded from 1590s.
"leading idea," 1640s, a figurative use from earlier sense "refrain or chorus of a song," 1590s, originally "bass accompaniment to music" (late 14c.), from Old French bordon "bumble-bee, drone," or directly from Medieval Latin burdonom "drone, drone bass" (source of French bourdon, Spanish bordon, Portuguese bordão, Italian bordone), of echoic origin.