General English


  • The loose material that overlays bedrock.
  • The depth of material to be moved or loosened in a blast.
  • The distance from a blast face to a line of blast holes.
  • The cost of maintaining an office with staff other than operating personnel. Includes also federal, state and local taxes, fringe benefits and other union contract obligations. In manufacturing, burden sometimes denotes overhead.


Real Estate

  • noun an encumbrance or other limitation affecting the ownership or use of property

Origin & History of “burden”

there are two distinct words burden in English. By far the older, ‘load’, comes from Old English byrthen. like bear, birth, bairn, bier, barrow, and berth it goes back ultimately to an Indo-European base *bher-, which signified both ‘carry’ and ‘give birth’. Its immediate Germanic ancestor was *burthi-, which also gave German bürde ‘load’. The other burden, ‘refrain’, and hence ‘main theme’, is an alteration of an earlier bourdon (14th c.), which was borrowed from Old French bourdon ‘bass pipe’.