Origin: Burdened; Burdening.
1. That which is borne or carried; a load. Plants with goodly burden bowing. (Shak)
7. A birth. Beast of burden, an animal employed in carrying burdens. Burden of proof, the duty of proving a particular position in a court of law, a failure in the performance of which duty calls for judgment against the party on whom the duty is imposed.
Synonym: burden, load.
a burden is, in the literal sense, a weight to be borne; a load is something laid upon us to be carried. Hence, when used figuratively, there is usually a difference between the two words. Our burdens may be of such a nature that we feel bound to bear them cheerfully or without complaint. They may arise from the nature of our situation; they may be allotments of Providence; they may be the consequences of our errors. What is upon us, as a load, we commonly carry with greater reluctance or sense of oppression. Men often find the charge of their own families to be a burden; but if to this be added a load of care for others, the pressure is usually serve and irksome.
Origin: oe. Burden, burthen, birthen, birden, as. Byrthen; akin to Icel. Byrthi, dan. Byrde, Sw. Borda, g. Burde, OHG. Burdi, goth. Baorei, fr. The root of E. Bear, as. Beran, goth. Bairan. 92. See 1st bear.