1. To encumber with weight (literal or figurative); to lay a heavy load upon; to load.

I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened.
2 Cor. viii. 13.

2. To oppress with anything grievous or trying; to overload; as, to burden a nation with taxes.

My burdened heart would break.

3. To impose, as a load or burden; to lay or place as a burden [R.]

It is absurd to burden this act on Cromwell.

Syn. — To load; encumber; overload; oppress.

(Bur"den) n. [OE. burdoun the bass in music, F. bourdon; cf. LL. burdo drone, a long organ pipe, a staff, a mule. Prob. of imitative origin. Cf. Bourdon.]

1. 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.

I would sing my song without a burden.

2. The drone of a bagpipe. Ruddiman.

(Bur"den), n. [See Burdon.] A club. [Obs.] Spenser.

(Bur"den*er) n. One who loads; an oppressor.

(Bur"den*ous) a. Burdensome. [Obs.] "Burdenous taxations." Shak.

(Bur"den*some) a. Grievous to be borne; causing uneasiness or fatigue; oppressive.

The debt immense of endless gratitude
So burdensome.

Syn. — Heavy; weighty; cumbersome; onerous; grievous; oppressive; troublesome.

Bur"den*some*ly, adv.Bur"den*some*ness, n.

(Bur"dock) n. [Bur + dock the plant.] (Bot.) A genus of coarse biennial herbs bearing small burs which adhere tenaciously to clothes, or to the fur or wool of animals.

The common burdock is the Lappa officinalis.

(Bur"don) n. [See Bourdon.] A pilgrim's staff. [Written also burden.] Rom. of R.

(Bu"reau) n.; pl. E. Bureaus F. Bureaux [F. bureau a writing table, desk, office, OF., drugget, with which a writing table was often covered, equiv. to F. bure, and fr. OF. buire dark brown, the stuff being named from its color, fr. L. burrus red, fr. Gr. flame-colored, prob. fr. fire. See Fire, n., and cf. Borel, n.]

1. Originally, a desk or writing table with drawers for papers. Swift.

2. The place where such a bureau is used; an office where business requiring writing is transacted.

3. Hence: A department of public business requiring a force of clerks; the body of officials in a department who labor under the direction of a chief.

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