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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cumber \Cum"ber\ (k?m"b?r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cumbered (-b?rd); p. pr. & vb. n. Cumbering.] [OE. combren, cumbren,OF. combrer to hinder, from LL. cumbrus a heap, fr. L. cumulus; cf. Skr. ?? to increase, grow strong. Cf. Cumulate.] To rest upon as a troublesome or useless weight or load; to be burdensome or oppressive to; to hinder or embarrass in attaining an object, to obstruct or occupy uselessly; to embarrass; to trouble. [1913 Webster] Why asks he what avails him not in fight, And would but cumber and retard his flight? --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Martha was cumbered about much serving. --Luke x. 40. [1913 Webster] Cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? -- Luke xiii. 7. [1913 Webster] The multiplying variety of arguments, especially frivolous ones, . . . but cumbers the memory. --Locke. [1913 Webster]




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