that which is carried; load:
a horse’s burden of rider and pack.
that which is borne with difficulty; obligation; onus:
the burden of leadership.

the weight of a ship’s cargo.
the carrying capacity of a ship.

Mining. overburden (def 3).
Metallurgy. the minerals charged into a blast furnace or steelmaking furnace.
Accounting. overhead (def 6).
to load heavily.
to load oppressively; trouble.
the main point, message, or idea.
Music. the refrain or recurring chorus of a song.
Contemporary Examples

Congo’s Feminist Fight Linda Bird Francke July 6, 2010
Why I Almost Killed Myself—And My Children Daleen Berry April 15, 2011
How Anti-Gay Will Mississippi’s ‘New’ Religious Freedom Bill Be? Jay Michaelson March 10, 2014
Gingrich Might Withdraw From Presidential Race for Right Appointment Michelle Cottle March 20, 2012
The Obamacare Delay Michael Tomasky July 2, 2013

Historical Examples

The Industries of Animals Frdric Houssay
United States Presidents’ Inaugural Speeches Various
The Doctor’s Red Lamp Various
Other Tales and Sketches Nathaniel Hawthorne
It Is Never Too Late to Mend Charles Reade

something that is carried; load
something that is exacting, oppressive, or difficult to bear: the burden of responsibility, related adjective onerous

the cargo capacity of a ship
the weight of a ship’s cargo

verb (transitive)
(sometimes foll by up) to put or impose a burden on; load
to weigh down; oppress: the old woman was burdened with cares
a line of words recurring at the end of each verse of a ballad or similar song; chorus or refrain
the principal or recurrent theme of a speech, book, etc
another word for bourdon

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