• WordNet 3.6
    • v overburden burden with too much work or responsibility
    • v overburden load with excessive weight
    • n overburden an excessive burden
    • n overburden the surface soil that must be moved away to get at coal seams and mineral deposits
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Overburden The waste which overlies good stone in a quarry.
    • v. t Overburden To load with too great weight or too much care, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • overburden To load with too great burden or weight; overload; overtask: as, trees overburdened with fruit.
    • n overburden Detrital material or rock which has to be removed, as being of no value, in order to get at some valuable substance beneath, which it is intended to mine or quarry: used in reference to quarrying or excavating clay and similar materials.
    • n overburden An excessive load; a burden or load greater than should be carried.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Overburden ō-vėr-bur′dn to burden overmuch
    • n Overburden alluvial soil overlying a bed of ore
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  • Jack Welch
    Jack Welch
    “An overburdened, over-stretched executive is the best executive, because he or she doesn't have the time to meddle, to deal in trivia, to bother people”


In literature:

We are not so overburdened as those nobler women who went before us.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
Aid a person overburdened with packages, or pick one up that has dropped.
"How Girls Can Help Their Country" by Juliette Low
A heavy sigh escaped from the girl's overburdened heart: the riddle of the universe was too hard an one for her simple mind to solve.
"A Bride of the Plains" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
We need not overburden ourselves.
"Introduction to the Study of History" by Charles V. Langlois
Poor, overburdened, beaten, patient animal!
"Aztec Land" by Maturin M. Ballou
Steve will never allow me to be so overburdened.
"The Gorgeous Girl" by Nalbro Bartley
The ships were overburdened with passengers; freights rose.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
The overburdened man might stumble and fall, and so perish.
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
Then the Sanitary Commission sent its hundred and fifty agents to help the overburdened surgeons.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 88, February, 1865" by Various
Dorothy Rose, on her side of the lawn was shaking with laughter, and this sight was the last straw to Dorinda Fayre's overburdened soul.
"Two Little Women" by Carolyn Wells

In poetry:

QUITE raw was Alice; for his purpose fit;
Not overburdened with a store of wit;
Of this indeed she could not be accused,
And Cupid's wiles by her were never used;
Poor lady, all with her was honest part,
And naught she knew of stratagem or art.
"The Ear-Maker And The Mould-Mender" by Jean de La Fontaine

In news:

Control board member Lipke says citizens are already overburdened.
Ailing pension plans could overburden the PBGC and send premiums soaring.
Despite having two clinics, WATCH program still overburdened .
Pols say other hospitals are now being overburdened .
Overburdened city infrastructure is simply not capable of handing so much water.
A district judge in Minnesota has ordered that private attorneys be hired to replace overburdened public defenders, and the cost billed to the state.
Upstanding undocumented immigrants test an overburdened system and tenuous reform efforts.
The filmmakers behind the animated hit Persepolis overburden Chicken with Plums with more cleverness than emotional weight.
Instead, they are overburdened by an uncompetitive, complex tax system and bloated federal programs that have endangered the nation's financial health.
Swaziland has taken the lead in caring for overburdened health workers with the opening of the first Wellness Centre in Manzini for them and their families.
The result - an increasingly overburdened family court system WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.
Mpofu said synchronized flushing will help move waste in the "old and overburdened" sanitation system, worsened by a growing urban population, water shortages and a troubled economy.
With nearly 70 percent of the population - 833 million people - living in rural areas and its cities already overburdened, there is a limit to how quickly the nation can urbanize.
Recreation can be a hard sell, particularly when taxpayers feel increasingly overburdened during economic downturns.
As support networks go, taxpayers already are overburdened.

In science:

We will give a thorough introduction to the necessary terminology without overburdening the reader with unnecessary mathematics.
Quantum random walks - an introductory overview
To avoid overburdening the notation, we write r for the smoothed out distance function, denoted by r′ above, so for r sufficiently large, r(p) = d(p, o).
Absence of super-exponentially decaying eigenfunctions on Riemannian manifolds with pinched negative curvature
The KS laboratory is located 28 m from a 2.9 GW reactor core and has an overburden of about 30 meterwater-equivalent.
Ultra-Low-Energy Germanium Detector for Neutrino-Nucleus Coherent Scattering and Dark Matter Searches
However, we keep the set-up of Zd , d ≥ 3, for the main body of this section, not to overburden notation.
Random interlacements and the Gaussian free field
These are referred to as “upwardgoing muons” because one generally requires they originate from below the horizon to ensure that a sufficient amount of rock absorbs ordinary cosmic ray muons (at very deep locations, especially with a flat overburden, the zenith angle requirement can be somewhat above the horizon ).
Astrophysical Neutrino Telescopes