- (of a vessel) required to yield to a vessel having the right of way.Compare privileged(def 5).
Origin of burdened
- that which is carried; load: a horse's burden of rider and pack.
- that which is borne with difficulty; obligation; onus: the burden of leadership.
- the weight of a ship's cargo.
- the carrying capacity of a ship.
- Mining. overburden(def 3).
- Metallurgy. the minerals charged into a blast furnace or steelmaking furnace.
- Accounting. overhead(def 6).
- to load heavily.
- to load oppressively; trouble.
Origin of burden1
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Examples from the Web for burdened
Huckabee is also not burdened by, or beholden to, foreign investors.Can Huckabee Convert the GOP’s Moneymen?
January 4, 2015
He was wonderful, with Laura Linney, as a burdened brother and sister looking after an ailing parent in The Savages (2007).Philip Seymour Hoffman: An Actor First
February 2, 2014
Conservatives, on the other hand, burdened with no such principles, can let it rip.Snowden and the Right
June 10, 2013
Further, I never wanted to have a child who could possibly be burdened with what I grew up in.Why I Choose to Be Child-Free: Readers Share Their Stories
February 27, 2013
Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic malady, dooms its sufferers to a short and burdened life.NHS Turns Down Free Lifesaving Drug
October 31, 2012
I would sooner you had killed me than burdened my soul with your death.Viviette
William J. Locke
He is not to be burdened for ever with the sense of his sins.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
At the next moment there was the sound from without of burdened footsteps.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
Especially were they burdened with books on economics and political science.Herbert Hoover
The conscience of to-day is burdened with a load well-nigh unbearable.Another Sheaf
- something that is carried; load
- something that is exacting, oppressive, or difficult to bearthe burden of responsibility Related adjective: onerous
- the cargo capacity of a ship
- the weight of a ship's cargo
- (sometimes foll by up) to put or impose a burden on; load
- to weigh down; oppressthe old woman was burdened with cares
- a line of words recurring at the end of each verse of a ballad or similar song; chorus or refrain
- the principal or recurrent theme of a speech, book, etc
- another word for bourdon
Word Origin and History for burdened
"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.