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- The act of slowing down or hindering
He cumbered the investigation by the police.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
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.
Why asks he what avails him not in fight,
And would but cumber and retard his flight?
Martha was cumbered about much serving.
Luke x. 40.
Cut it down; why cumbereth it the
Luke xiii. 7.
The multiplying variety of arguments, especially
frivolous ones, . . . but cumbers the memory.
Cum"ber (k?m"b?r), n. [Cf.
encombre hindrance, impediment. See
Cuber,v.] Trouble; embarrassment;
distress. [Obs.] [Written also comber.]
A place of much distraction and cumber.
Sir H. Wotton.
Sage counsel in cumber.
Sir W. Scott.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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