[ UK /ˌə‍ʊvəbˈɜːdən/ ]
[ US /ˈoʊvɝˈbɝdən/ ]
  1. the surface soil that must be moved away to get at coal seams and mineral deposits
  2. an excessive burden
  1. load with excessive weight
  2. burden with too much work or responsibility
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How To Use overburden In A Sentence

  • The results show that vertical stress is equal to overburden stress at shallow level. Maximum principal stress is sub horizontal stress in the NE direction.
  • Its people are overburdened by religious riot, ethnic strife, corruption and the absence of social infrastructure.
  • Inmates feel isolated and are already overburdened by the tension of courts and hearings.
  • This feeling is very strong in many apartment houses where small rooms are overburdened by this kind of wainscot, and to make matters worse, the top is used as a plate-rail. Furnishing the Home of Good Taste A Brief Sketch of the Period Styles in Interior Decoration with Suggestions as to Their Employment in the Homes of Today
  • While the idea of people telling their stories is attractive in theory, in practice the courts are overburdened as it is.
  • The banks are looking into how many companies' payments they can handle without overburdening their own systems, the person said. Tech Crash Hits Japan Bank
  • He said Alexkor recently "armoured" a particular slimes dam with coarse overburden to stop a windblown "plume" of fine material that was threatening the proclaimed Ramsar wetland site at the mouth of the Orange River. ANC Daily News Briefing
  • If that were the case, then wouldn't the girls athletics program be overburdened with athletic hopefuls dreaming of state championships?
  • Health services have been overburdened and are unable to care for many older people.
  • The Chief Inspector disliked being overburdened with insignificant detail.
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