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overburden

[v. oh-ver-bur-dn; n. oh-ver-bur-dn] /v. ˌoʊ vərˈbɜr dn; n. ˈoʊ vərˌbɜr dn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to load with too great a burden; overload:
He was overburdened with cares.
noun
2.
an excessive burden.
3.
Also called burden, capping. Mining. waste earth and rock covering a mineral deposit.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; over- + burden1
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British Dictionary definitions for overburdened

overburden

verb (ˌəʊvəˈbɜːdən)
1.
(transitive) to load with excessive weight, work, etc
noun (ˈəʊvəˌbɜːdən)
2.
an excessive burden or load
3.
(geology) the sedimentary rock material that covers coal seams, mineral veins, etc
Derived Forms
overburdensome, adjective
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Word Origin and History for overburdened

overburden

v.

also over-burden, "to put too much weight on," 1530s, from over- + burden (v.). Earliest uses are figurative. Related: Overburdened; overburdening.

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