To pack a mule for a trip is an example of burden.
An example of burden is to tell someone about your terrible week at work.
The cargo in a ship is an example of a burden.
The sadness of your mother's illness is an example of a burden.
An example of a burden is the duties that come with being a new parent.
To burden a nation with taxes.
The burden of a speech.
The burden of organizing the campaign fell to me.
A beast of burden.
A ship of a hundred tons burden.
A burden of gad steel is 120 pounds.
Origin of burden
- Middle English from Old English byrthen bher-1 in Indo-European roots Noun, senses 4 and 5, influenced by bourdon
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English burden, birden, burthen, birthen, byrthen, from Old English byrden, byrþen (“burden, load, weight; charge, duty”), from Proto-Germanic *burþinjō (“burden”), from Proto-Germanic *burþį̄ (“burden”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer- (“to carry, bear”). Cognate with Scots burthine (“burden”), Middle Low German borden (“burden”), Middle High German bürden (“burden, load”). Related to Old English byrd (“burden”), German Bürde (“burden, weight”), Danish byrde (“burden”), Swedish börde (“burden”), Icelandic byrði (“burden”).