- 1A load, especially a heavy one.More example sentences
load, weight, cargo, freight
- And laying my heavy burden in the safe hands of the luggage compartment I went to my seat and was given rest.
- Old hags being bent double, with heavy burdens attached at either end of long poles slung over a shoulder.
- Just out of school, and freed from the confines of the uniform and the burden of the heavy schoolbag, life seems to stretch endlessly ahead.
- 1.1A duty or misfortune that causes hardship, anxiety, or grief; a nuisance: the burden of mental illnessMore example sentences
- Home affordability for those unfortunates who aren't on the ladder must be an absolute disaster given the tax burden and low wages.
- That was a huge burden of stress, worry, and cost for the small business that I worked for.
- And whichever names you dress it up with or rationales used to justify it, it's a fancy way to describe putting more of the tax burden on middle income earners.
- 1.2The main responsibility for achieving a specified aim or task: the burden of establishing that the cost was unreasonableMore example sentences
- She labored under the arduous burden of trying to achieve clarity at a time when the government places an understandably high premium on secrecy.
- Unfortunately, the burden of this task - of displaying to the world such terrifying conditions - proves too much for the film.
- Many very poor countries today shoulder the main burden of sheltering the millions who flee war, persecution, environmental devastation and hunger.
- 1.3A ship’s carrying capacity; tonnage: the schooner Wyoming, of about 6,000 tons burdenMore example sentences
- The one enjoyed by certain French ports over colonial trade was virtually abandoned when all ports capable of accommodating ships of 100 tons' burden were included in the list.
- They were as large as any wooden ships ever built, as much as two thousand tons burden; a French king had a tennis court installed in one.
- Each of these vessels was fourteen tons burden and plied the same route as those owned by Barlow.
- 2 (the burden) The main theme or gist of a speech, book, or argument: the burden of his viewsMore example sentences
- Now, as I understood the burden of your argument, it was that there was no valuable consideration, not that there was no purchaser.
- This is the Private Language Argument, the burden of which is that there can be no such thing as a language invented by and intelligible to a single individual only.
- Mr Lynagh for Mr Unwin carried the burden of the argument here.
- 2.1The refrain or chorus of a song.More example sentences
- It is to be found in many cultures and periods, for example in the medieval carol, where the burden represents the A section.
- The first two lines constitute the burden or refrain which is customarily repeated after every stanza.
- The refrain stands at the head and is sung by all: a soloist sings the various stanzas; and all add to each of them the opening burden or refrain.
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- 1Load heavily: she walked forward burdened with a wooden boxMore example sentences
- Ants burdened with loads of leaf fragments march toward their underground fungal gardens.
- A camel, burdened with a heavy load, slowly trudges across the hot desert sand with no relief from the burning sun.
- Bustling in, burdened with packages, she had just returned from a twelve-hour day at The Children's Art Carnival.
- 1.1Cause (someone) hardship or distress: they were not yet burdened with adult responsibilityMore example sentences
- They shouldn't worry about burdening us with calls, that's what we're there for.
- Your other children, in particular, may try to deal with their pain alone so as not to burden you with additional worries.
- Yet when he's hurt he pulls away, not wanting to burden anyone with his worries.
burden of proof
- The obligation to prove one’s assertion.More example sentences
- The Crown continues to have the burden of proof of proving an offence beyond a reasonable doubt.
- It may well be that the ultimate objection is that such a pleading places a burden of proof on the claimant to prove his innocence.
- These provisions set out the burden of proof in discrimination cases.
Old English byrthen; related to bear1.