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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. an animal such as a donkey or ox or elephant used for transporting loads or doing other heavy work;
[syn: beast of burden, jument]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Burden \Bur"den\ (b[^u]"d'n), n. [Written also burthen.] [OE. burden, burthen, birthen, birden, AS. byr[eth]en; akin to Icel. byr[eth]i, Dan. byrde, Sw. b["o]rda, G. b["u]rde, OHG. burdi, Goth. ba['u]r[thorn]ei, fr. the root of E. bear, AS. beran, Goth. bairan. [root]92. See 1st Bear.] 1. That which is borne or carried; a load. [1913 Webster] Plants with goodly burden bowing. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is borne with labor or difficulty; that which is grievous, wearisome, or oppressive. [1913 Webster] Deaf, giddy, helpless, left alone, To all my friends a burden grown. --Swift. [1913 Webster] 3. The capacity of a vessel, or the weight of cargo that she will carry; as, a ship of a hundred tons burden. [1913 Webster] 4. (Mining) The tops or heads of stream-work which lie over the stream of tin. [1913 Webster] 5. (Metal.) The proportion of ore and flux to fuel, in the charge of a blast furnace. --Raymond. [1913 Webster] 6. A fixed quantity of certain commodities; as, a burden of gad steel, 120 pounds. [1913 Webster] 7. A birth. [Obs. & R.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] Beast of burden, an animal employed in carrying burdens. Burden of proof [L. onus probandi] (Law), the duty of proving a particular position in a court of law, a failure in the performance of which duty calls for judgment against the party on whom the duty is imposed. [1913 Webster] Syn: Burden, Load. Usage: A burden is, in the literal sense, a weight to be borne; a load is something laid upon us to be carried. Hence, when used figuratively, there is usually a difference between the two words. Our burdens may be of such a nature that we feel bound to bear them cheerfully or without complaint. They may arise from the nature of our situation; they may be allotments of Providence; they may be the consequences of our errors. What is upon us, as a load, we commonly carry with greater reluctance or sense of oppression. Men often find the charge of their own families to be a burden; but if to this be added a load of care for others, the pressure is usually serve and irksome. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

beast of burden n 1: an animal such as a donkey or ox or elephant used for transporting loads or doing other heavy work [syn: beast of burden, jument]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

30 Moby Thesaurus words for "beast of burden": Siberian husky, ass, camel, draft animal, dromedary, drudge, elephant, fag, galley slave, greasy grind, grind, grub, hack, horse, husky, llama, malamute, mule, ox, pack horse, plodder, reindeer, slave, sledge dog, slogger, sumpter, sumpter horse, sumpter mule, swot, workhorse