overburden

  • 1 Overburden — is the material that lies above an area of economic or scientific interest in mining and archaeology; most commonly the rock, soil, and ecosystem that lies above a coal seam or ore body. It is also known as waste or spoil . Overburden is distinct …

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  • 2 Overburden — O ver*bur den, v. t. To load with too great weight or too much care, etc. Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Overburden — O ver*bur den, n. The waste which overlies good stone in a quarry. Raymond. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 overburden — index disadvantage, exploit (take advantage of), harass, impact, mishandle (maltreat), mistreat …

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  • 5 overburden — (v.) to put too much weight on, 1530s, from OVER (Cf. over) + BURDEN (Cf. burden) (v.). Earliest uses are figurative. Related: Overburdened; overburdening …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 overburden — ► VERB ▪ burden excessively …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 overburden — [ō΄vər bʉrd′ n; ] for n. [ ō′vər bʉrd΄ n] vt. to burden oppressively; weigh down n. 1. something that overburdens 2. Geol. soil, rock, etc. that is covering or overlying a useful deposit, as of ore …

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  • 8 overburden — UK [ˌəʊvə(r)ˈbɜː(r)d(ə)n] / US [ˌoʊvərˈbɜrd(ə)n] verb [transitive] Word forms overburden : present tense I/you/we/they overburden he/she/it overburdens present participle overburdening past tense overburdened past participle overburdened formal… …

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  • 9 overburden — I. transitive verb Date: 1532 to place an excessive burden on II. noun Date: 1855 material overlying a deposit of useful geological materials or bedrock …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 overburden — v. /oh veuhr berr dn/; n. /oh veuhr berr dn/, v.t. 1. to load with too great a burden; overload: He was overburdened with cares. n. 2. an excessive burden. 3. Also called burden, capping. Mining. waste earth and rock covering a mineral deposit.… …

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  • 11 overburden — 1. noun a) The rock and subsoil that lies above a mineral deposit such as a coal seam b) A sterile stratum that lies above the stratum being investigated 2 …

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  • 12 overburden —    1. The loose soil, sand, silt, or clay that overlies bedrock. In some usages it refers to all material overlying the point of interest.    2. The total cover of soil and rock overlying an underground excavation …

    Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • 13 overburden — Synonyms and related words: bear hard upon, burden, burthen, charge, choke, congest, cram, crowd, cumber, drench, encumber, freight, glut, gluttonize, go hard with, go ill with, gorge, hamper, handicap, jam, jam pack, lade, lie on, load, oppress …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 14 overburden — o|ver|bur|den [ˌəuvəˈbə:dn US ˌouvərˈbə:rdn] v [T usually passive] to give an organization, person, or system more work or problems than they can deal with ▪ Health services have been overburdened and are unable to care for many older people. ▪ a …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 overburden — o|ver|bur|den [ ,ouvər bɜrdn ] verb transitive FORMAL to give someone more work or problems than they can deal with …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 overburden —     a) The upper part of a sedimentary deposit, compressing and consolidating the materials below.     b) The loose soil or other unconsolidated material overlying bedrock, either transported or formed in place (synonym for regolith).    GG …

    Glossary of landform and geologic terms

  • 17 overburden — v. burden excessively with weight or worry …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 18 Overburden —   Any material, consolidated or unconsolidated, that overlies a coal deposit.   U.S. Dept. of Energy, Energy Information Administration s Energy Glossary …

    Energy terms

  • 19 overburden — verb burden excessively. noun 1》 rock or soil overlying a mineral deposit, archaeological site, etc. 2》 an excessive burden. Derivatives overburdensome adjective …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 overburden — verb (transitive usually passive) to give someone or a system too much work or too many problems to deal with: an overburdened donkey (+ with): a student overburdened with essays …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English