What does the word burden mean?

Usage examples for burden

  1. " We can judge better than our neighbours whether the burden is more than we can bear," answered the dame; " so you see, Mr Gaffin, that need not make any one uneasy on our account." – Won from the Waves by W.H.G. Kingston
  2. I'm afraid she may find the house rather a burden after Laura has gone away. – His Family by Ernest Poole
  3. Who would burden themselves with such a set of great, rough lads as those, if they could help it? – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë