- burchfield, charles,
- burden of proof,
Origin of burdened
- the weight of a ship's cargo.
- the carrying capacity of a ship.
verb (used with object)
Origin of burden1
Examples from the Web for burdened
Huckabee is also not burdened by, or beholden to, foreign investors.
He was wonderful, with Laura Linney, as a burdened brother and sister looking after an ailing parent in The Savages (2007).
Conservatives, on the other hand, burdened with no such principles, can let it rip.
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|Harry Siegel|February 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic malady, dooms its sufferers to a short and burdened life.
The war, instead of paying for itself, had burdened her with an additional debt of fifty thousand pounds.Historic Handbook of the Northern Tour|Francis Parkman
A wandering wind came sighing past my ears one night upon the Links at Herion, burdened with this story it had to tell.The Dop Doctor|Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
A simple prayer breathed by a burdened heart in secret awaked a more immediate and intimate response in him.Evelyn Innes|George Moore
Somehow, that tired young face, burdened with some secret care, appealed to Audrey's quick sympathies.Lover or Friend|Rosa Nouchette Carey
I never in my life desired to be burdened with public influence.Our Old Home|Nathaniel Hawthorne
- 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.