burden

/bˈɝdən/

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noun:

  1. A birth.
  2. The proportion of ore and flux to fuel, in the charge of a blast furnace.
  3. The tops or heads of stream-work which lie over the stream of tin.
  4. A fixed quantity of certain commodities.
  5. Theme, core idea.
  6. A phrase or theme that recurs at the end of each verse in a folk song or ballad.
  7. The total amount of toxins, parasites, cancer cells, plaque or similar present in an organism.
  8. A cause of worry; that which is grievous, wearisome, or oppressive.
  9. A heavy load.
  10. The capacity of a vessel, or the weight of cargo that she will carry.
  11. A responsibility, onus.
  12. The drone of a bagpipe.

verb:

  1. To encumber with a literal or figurative burden.
  2. To impose, as a load or burden; to lay or place as a burden (something heavy or objectionable).

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