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burden

1
Nautical
a. the cargo capacity of a ship
b. the weight of a ship's cargo

burden

2
1. a line of words recurring at the end of each verse of a ballad or similar song; chorus or refrain
2. another word for bourdon

burden

[′bərd·ən]
(electricity)
The amount of power drawn from the circuit connecting the secondary terminals of an instrument transformer, usually expressed in volt-amperes.
(engineering)
The distance from a drill hole to the more or less vertical surface of rock that has already been exposed by blasting or excavating.
The volume of the rock to be removed by blasting in a drill hole.
(geology)
All types of rock or earthy materials overlying bedrock.
(metallurgy)
The material which is melted in a direct arc furnace.
In an iron blast furnace, the ratio of iron and flux to coke and other fuels in the charge.

burden

1. Earthy material, rock, etc., which overlays bedrock.
2. In blasting, the distance between the blasting charge and the free face of the material to be blasted.
References in classic literature ?
These two suits of flannel, each in one piece from head to foot, with a skirt or so hung on this easily-fitting waist, will keep the child warm without burdening her with belts, and gathers, and buckles, and bunches round the waist, and leave free the muscles that need plenty of room to work in.
Indeed I cannot bear to see you so, and think how I am burdening you.
The Institute is committed to maintaining a tax system that works ae one that builds upon the principle of voluntary compliance, is consistent with sound tax policy, one that taxpayers can comply with, and one in which the IRS can effectively perform its audit function without unduly burdening taxpayers.