[ verb oh-ver-bur-dn; noun oh-ver-bur-dn ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to load with too great a burden; overload: He was overburdened with cares.

  1. an excessive burden.

  2. Also called burden, capping. Mining. waste earth and rock covering a mineral deposit.

Origin of overburden

First recorded in 1570–80; over- + burden1

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British Dictionary definitions for overburden


  1. (tr) to load with excessive weight, work, etc

  1. an excessive burden or load

  2. geology the sedimentary rock material that covers coal seams, mineral veins, etc

Derived forms of overburden

  • overburdensome, adjective

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