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cumbrous

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj cumbrous difficult to handle or use especially because of size or weight "a cumbersome piece of machinery","cumbrous protective clothing"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cumbrous Giving trouble; vexatious. "A clud of cumbrous gnats."
    • Cumbrous Rendering action or motion difficult or toilsome; serving to obstruct or hinder; burdensome; clogging. "He sunk beneath the cumbrous weight.""That cumbrous and unwieldy style which disfigures English composition so extensively."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cumbrous Burdensome; hindering or obstructing; rendering action difficult or toilsome; clogging; cumbersome.
    • cumbrous Causing trouble or annoyance; troublesome; vexatious.
    • cumbrous Difficult to use; characterized by unwieldiness or clumsiness; ungainly; clumsy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Cumbrous hindering: obstructing: heavy
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. combrer, to hinder—Low L. cumbrus, a heap; corr. of L. cumulus, a heap.

Usage

In literature:

It is generally demanded that the law shall be less cumbrous and more summary.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 4, January 26, 1884" by Various
Some of these terraces show fine design, though in the solid, cumbrous style of the Georgian period.
"Hampstead and Marylebone" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
Their pack mules were so cumbrously loaded as to suggest country wagons piled with hay.
"A Waif of the Mountains" by Edward S. Ellis
Not a mere cumbrous county gathering, nor yet a showy imported party from town, but a skillful blending of both.
"Masterpieces of Mystery" by Various
The other was red with a similar border, so stiff and cumbrous that it did not seem made to walk upon.
"Rugs: Oriental and Occidental, Antique & Modern" by Rosa Belle Holt
George Eliot's style was far too cumbrous, and Charlotte Bronte's too exaggerated.
"A Critic in Pall Mall" by Oscar Wilde
Though thick the clouds, and bare the maple bough, With what gay song he guides the cumbrous plough!
"Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
I doubt our ability to maintain the old cumbrous, complicated, and expensive form of government.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
A policeman was told off to protect the house at night from rope ladders or any other less cumbrous ingenuity.
"Lady Anna" by Anthony Trollope
The operation is so cumbrous as to be generally ineffective.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
The inconveniences of this cumbrous organization are apparent.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 8, January, 1851" by Various
The process of gathering a royal army in Samoa is cumbrous and dilatory in the extreme.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
It was not heavy, although somewhat cumbrous from its size.
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat
Here and there about the yard, also, stand cumbrous cribs for fodder, at which two cows can feed at once.
"The Hills and the Vale" by Richard Jefferies
The wonder was that the cumbrous vehicle was not overturned twenty times in the first mile.
"Highway Pirates" by Harold Avery
The thousands of valuable books, and the holdful of costly but cumbrous furniture, they contemptuously left to the mercy of wind and wave.
"The Wreckers of Sable Island" by J. Macdonald Oxley
But it was not in her to do this, and she wallowed cumbrously in the waves until the enemy once more ranged close.
"Donalblane of Darien" by J. Macdonald Oxley
The sheriff rose instantly with that cumbrous agility sometimes characterizing portly men.
"The Raid of The Guerilla and Other Stories" by Charles Egbert Craddock
I am glad John Winthrop and John Carver did not bring cumbrous and cruel iron branks to America.
"Curious Punishments of Bygone Days" by Alice Morse Earle
In other hands it would be a cumbrous stake; to him it served as a mere wand.
"The Great Mogul" by Louis Tracy
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In poetry:

"And mony a time," quo Kinmont Willie,
"I've pricked a horse out oure the furs;
But since the day I backed a steed
I nevir wore sic cumbrous spurs!"
"Kinmont Willie" by Andrew Lang
``That shuffling feet and slow will come,
With cumbrous coffin, gloomy pall,
And, while within you moulder dumb,
That prayers will rise and tears will fall.
"Outside The Village Church" by Alfred Austin
If proud Pygmalion quit his cumbrous frame,
Funereal pomp the scanty tear supplies;
Whilst heralds loud, with venal voice, proclaim,
Lo! here the brave and the puissant lies.
"Elegy III. On the Untimely Death of a Certain Learned Acquainance" by William Shenstone
COME, thou vile wretch, thou veteran in sin,
With faith and tears, come to the Son of God!
'Tis He, the Son of God, that calls thee in,
If thou art weary of thy cumbrous load.
"Advice To A Sinner, To Come To Christ" by Rees Prichard
So here is come the night of nights!
On every pine a star is kindled.
Too slowly cumbrous summer dwindled;
But now the frostly silence hums
And comfort in the boundless darkness comes
Along the heights.
"Thresholds" by Mary Webb
I have scanned the roll of teachers,
Have noted the Aarons and Hurs
Who have stayed education's Moses,
And removed the cumbrous bars
That environed its anxious spirit,
And bowed down its life with cares.
"The Difference" by Jared Barhite

In science:

In general case using (4) is hampered because the product by positive roots that equals dim Γ is cumbrous.
Testing S-duality conjecture and exceptional bundles
The relation (10) takes into consideration only two lower states otherwise the formula becomes too cumbrous.
Magnetic Resonance of the Intrinsic Defects of the Spin-Peierls Magnet CuGeO3
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