- n a variant of `burden'
- v weight down with a load
- May we all remember that it can only be preserved by respecting the rights of the States and distributing equally the benefit and the burthen of the Union.
- The burthen of his remarks was the old scare that the world's food supply will some day fall far short of its population.
- Most of those views, like his language"marplot," "whilst," "burthen," "blatherskite," "milch cows" have a 19th century texture.