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3 definitions found
 for cumber
From 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.
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           Why asks he what avails him not in fight,
           And would but cumber and retard his flight? --Dryden.
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           Martha was cumbered about much serving.  --Luke x. 40.
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           Cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? -- Luke xiii.
                                                    7.
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           The multiplying variety of arguments, especially
           frivolous ones, . . . but cumbers the memory. --Locke.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cumber \Cum"ber\ (k?m"b?r), n. [Cf. encombre hindrance,
     impediment. See Cuber,v.]
     Trouble; embarrassment; distress. [Obs.] [Written also
     comber.]
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           A place of much distraction and cumber.  -- Sir H.
                                                    Wotton.
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           Sage counsel in cumber.                  --Sir W.
                                                    Scott.
     [1913 Webster] Cumberland

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  cumber
      v 1: hold back [syn: restrain, encumber, cumber,
           constrain]

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