BURD'EN, n. burd'n; written also burthen. [L. fero,or porto.]1. That which is borne or carried; a load. Hence,2. That which is borne with labor or difficulty; that which is grievous, wearisome or oppressive.3. A birth.4. The verse repeated in a song, or the return of the theme at the end of each verse; the chorus; so called from the application of this word to the drone or base, and the pipe or string which plays it, in an instrument. A chord which is to be divided, to perform the intervals of music,when open and undivided, is also called the burden.5. In common language, that which is often repeated; a subject on which one dwells.6. A fixed quantity of certain commodities; as a burden of gad steel, 120 pounds.7. The contents of a ship; the quantity or number of tons, a vessel will carry; as a ship of a hundred tons burden.8. A club. [Not in use.]
BURD'EN, v.t. burd'n. To load; to lay on a heavy load; to incumber with weight. Hence,1. To oppress with any thing grievous; as, to burden a nation with taxes.2. To surcharge; as, to burden the memory.