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
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.
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.