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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 bur·den /ˈbɝdṇ/
 負擔,重載,擔子,責任(vt.)裝貨于,麻煩,使負擔

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 bur·den /ˈbɝdṇ/ 名詞
 負荷

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bur·den n. [Written also burthen.]
 1. That which is borne or carried; a load.
    Plants with goodly burden bowing.   --Shak.
 2. That which is borne with labor or difficulty; that which is grievous, wearisome, or oppressive.
 Deaf, giddy, helpless, left alone,
 To all my friends a burden grown.   --Swift.
 3. The capacity of a vessel, or the weight of cargo that she will carry; as, a ship of a hundred tons burden.
 4. Mining The tops or heads of stream-work which lie over the stream of tin.
 5. Metal. The proportion of ore and flux to fuel, in the charge of a blast furnace.
 6. A fixed quantity of certain commodities; as, a burden of gad steel, 120 pounds.
 7. A birth. [Obs. & R.]
 Beast of burden, an animal employed in carrying burdens.
 Burden of proof [L. onus probandi] Law, 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.
 Syn: -- Burden, Load.
 Usage: 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bur·don n.  A pilgrim's staff. [Written also burden.]
 

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bur·den, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Burdened p. pr. & vb. n. Burdening ]
 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.   --Shak.
 3. To impose, as a load or burden; to lay or place as a burden (something heavy or objectionable). [R.]
    It is absurd to burden this act on Cromwell.   --Coleridge.
 Syn: -- To load; encumber; overload; oppress.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bur·den n.
 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.   --Shak.
 2. The drone of a bagpipe.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bur·den, n.  A club. [Obs.]
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 burden
      n 1: an onerous or difficult concern; "the burden of
           responsibility"; "that's a load off my mind" [syn: load,
            encumbrance, incumbrance, onus]
      2: weight to be borne or conveyed [syn: load, loading]
      3: the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
         [syn: effect, essence, core, gist]
      4: the central idea that is expanded in a document or discourse
      v 1: weight down with a load [syn: burthen, weight, weight
           down] [ant: unburden]
      2: impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to; "He charged
         her with cleaning up all the files over the weekend" [syn:
          charge, saddle]

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

 Burden
    (1.) A load of any kind (Ex. 23:5). (2.) A severe task (Ex.
    2:11). (3.) A difficult duty, requiring effort (Ex. 18:22). (4.)
    A prophecy of a calamitous or disastrous nature (Isa. 13:1;
    17:1; Hab. 1:1, etc.).