Design vs Burden - What's the difference?

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Design is a related term of burden.

As nouns the difference between design and burden

is that design is design (creative profession or art) while burden is .



(wikipedia design)


(en noun)
  • A plan (with more or less detail) for the structure and functions of an artifact, building or system.
  • A pattern, as an element of a work of art or architecture.
  • The composition of a work of art.
  • Intention or plot.
  • * M. Le Page Du Pratz, History of Louisisana (PG), p. 40:
  • I give it you without any other design than to shew you that I reckon nothing dear to me, when I want to do you a pleasure.
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  • The shape or appearance given to an object, especially one that is intended to make it more attractive.
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  • The art of designing
  • Danish furniture design is world-famous.

    Derived terms

    * architectural design * design by contract * design pattern * hardware design * software design


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete)  To assign, appoint (something to someone); to designate.
  • * 1646 , (Thomas Browne), Pseudodoxia Epidemica , I.10:
  • he looks not below the Moon, but hath designed the regiment of sublunary affairs unto inferiour deputations.
  • * Dryden
  • He was designed to the study of the law.
  • To plan and carry out (a picture, work of art, construction etc.).
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
  • , title=(The China Governess) , chapter=1 citation , passage=The huge square box, parquet-floored and high-ceilinged, had been arranged to display a suite of bedroom furniture designed and made in the halcyon days of the last quarter of the nineteenth century, when modish taste was just due to go clean out of fashion for the best part of the next hundred years.}}
    Primitive people believe that gods designed the Earth and humans.
  • (obsolete) To mark out and exhibit; to designate; to indicate; to show; to point out; to appoint.
  • * Shakespeare
  • We shall see / Justice design the victor's chivalry.
  • * Beaumont and Fletcher
  • Meet me to-morrow where the master / And this fraternity shall design .


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    (wikipedia burden)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) burden, birden, burthen, birthen, byrthen, from (etyl) byrden, .

    Alternative forms

    * burthen (archaic)


    (en noun)
  • A heavy load.
  • * 1898 , , (Moonfleet) Chapter 4
  • There were four or five men in the vault already, and I could hear more coming down the passage, and guessed from their heavy footsteps that they were carrying burdens .
  • A responsibility, onus.
  • A cause of worry; that which is grievous, wearisome, or oppressive.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • Deaf, giddy, helpless, left alone, / To all my friends a burden grown.
  • The capacity of a vessel, or the weight of cargo that she will carry.
  • a ship of a hundred tons burden
  • (mining) The tops or heads of stream-work which lie over the stream of tin.
  • (metalworking) The proportion of ore and flux to fuel, in the charge of a blast furnace.
  • (Raymond)
  • A fixed quantity of certain commodities.
  • A burden of gad steel is 120 pounds.
  • (obsolete, rare) A birth.
  • That bore thee at a burden two fair sons


    (en verb)
  • To encumber with a burden (in any of the noun senses of the word ).
  • to burden a nation with taxes
  • * Bible, 2 Corinthians viii. 13
  • I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened .
  • * Shakespeare
  • My burdened heart would break.
  • To impose, as a load or burden; to lay or place as a burden (something heavy or objectionable).
  • * Coleridge
  • It is absurd to burden this act on Cromwell.
    Derived terms
    * burdensome * beast of burden

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) bordon. See bourdon.


    (en noun)
  • (music) A phrase or theme that recurs at the end of each verse in a folk song or ballad.
  • * 1610 , , act 1 scene 2
  • [...] Foot it featly here and there; / And, sweet sprites, the burden bear.
  • * 1846 ,
  • As commonly used, the refrain, or burden , not only is limited to lyric verse, but depends for its impression upon the force of monotone - both in sound and thought.
  • The drone of a bagpipe.
  • (Ruddiman)
  • (obsolete) Theme, core idea.
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