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overburden

[ verb oh-ver-bur-dn; noun oh-ver-bur-dn ]
/ verb ˌoʊ vərˈbɜr dn; noun ˈoʊ vərˌbɜr dn /
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verb (used with object)
to load with too great a burden; overload: He was overburdened with cares.
noun
an excessive burden.
Also called burden, capping. Mining. waste earth and rock covering a mineral deposit.
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Origin of overburden

First recorded in 1570–80; over- + burden1
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British Dictionary definitions for overburden

overburden

verb (ˌəʊvəˈbɜːdən)
(tr) to load with excessive weight, work, etc
noun (ˈəʊvəˌbɜːdən)
an excessive burden or load
geology the sedimentary rock material that covers coal seams, mineral veins, etc

Derived forms of overburden

overburdensome, adjective
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