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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cumber hold back
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Cumber 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.""Cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?""The multiplying variety of arguments, especially frivolous ones, . . . but cumbers the memory."
    • n Cumber Trouble; embarrassment; distress. "A place of much distraction and cumber .""Sage counsel in cumber ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cumber To burden or obstruct with or as with a load or weight, or any impediment; load excessively or uselessly; press upon; choke up; clog.
    • cumber To be a clog to; hinder by obstruction; hamper in movement.
    • cumber To trouble; perplex; embarrass; distract.
    • n cumber That which cumbers; a burden; a hindrance; an obstruction.
    • n cumber Embarrassment; disturbance; distress; trouble.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Cumber kum′bėr to trouble or hinder with something useless: to retard, trouble
    • n Cumber encumbrance: cumbering
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. combren, cumbren,OF. combrer, to hinder, from LL. cumbrus, a heap, fr. L. cumulus,; cf. Skr. , to increase, grow strong. Cf. Cumulate


In literature:

"The Wallypug in London" by G. E. Farrow
As some poet has put it, 'Useless I linger, a cumberer here.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
They only cumber the earth.
"The House with the Mezzanine and Other Stories" by Anton Tchekoff
Surely it was scarcely necessary to cumber yourself with the last, was it?
"Dick Leslie's Luck" by Harry Collingwood
A lover should not be cumbered.
"The Lady of Loyalty House" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
I have horrible suspicions that I'm a cumberer of the ground.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
The sidewalks are cumbered with rough wooden cases.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 121, November, 1867" by Various
He was gaining, when one of the youth, cumbered in flight by his artillery piece, let go the string.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
Justly might his dishonored Lord, stung with such unrequited love, have cut the unworthy cumberer down.
"The Mind of Jesus" by John R. Macduff
She is useless, a weed that cumbers the earth.
"With Hoops of Steel" by Florence Finch Kelly
Castle Cumber Grand Jury Room CHAPTER XXIII.
"Stories And Tales Of The Irish A Linked Index to the Project Gutenberg Editions" by William Carleton
This, however, cumbers the dinner with much serving and is not to be recommended.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
But, at last, he had the cumbering, slimy outer garments free and her body warmly wrapped in the coverings.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
He sighed as he floundered down the snow-cumbered trail.
"Thurston of Orchard Valley" by Harold Bindloss
Her cousins had nothing to say, and the aunt's thoughts were set on the dinner and cumbered with much serving.
"Olive in Italy" by Moray Dalton
Thus he was to be all his life long this big cumberer of the ground.
"The Doctor's Family" by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
As it is, she is cumbered by traditions and harassed by memories.
"The Cathedrals of Northern Spain" by Charles Rudy
Cats, in his eyes, are unfit to cumber the earth.
"Was It Right to Forgive?" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
He will no longer cumber this office.
"Hempfield" by David Grayson
In fact, we must cumber ourselves with as little baggage as possible.
"Hair-Breadth Escapes" by H.C. Adams

In poetry:

Or, mid the tangling cumber
And pack of mountain lumber
That spring floods downward force,
Over sunken snag, and bar
Where the grating shallows are,
The good boat held her course.
"Voyage of the Jettie" by John Greenleaf Whittier
So, times past all number deceived by false shows,
Deceiving we cumber the road of our foes,
For this is our virtue: to track and betray;
Preparing great battles a sea's width away.
"Cruisers" by Rudyard Kipling
Tall towers and pyramids ivy'd and crumbling,
Bats that swoop low in the weed-cumber'd streets;
Bleak Arkham bridges o'er rivers whose rumbling
Joins with no voice as the thick horde retreats.
"The Cats" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Unfed and unmarshalled, outworn and outnumbered,
All hopeless and fearless, as fiercely they fought,
As when Falkirk with heaps of the fallen was cumbered,
As when Gledsmuir was red with the havoc they wrought.
"Culloden" by Andrew Lang
Be Thou near, each chastened Spirit for its course and conflict nerving,
Let Thy voice say, "Father—mother—lo! thy treasures live above!
Now be strong, be strong, no longer cumbered over much with serving
At the shrine of human love."
"Poems - Written On The Deaths Of Three Lovely Children" by Jean Ingelow
"But be steady and cool, my brave lads," was their officers' command,
While each man was ready to charge with gun in hand;
Oh, Heaven! if was pitiful to see their comrades lying around,
Dead and weltering in their gore, and cumbering the ground.
"The Battle of Waterloo" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Cumber arrest 'bitter-sweet' for former AM sergeant.
And Craig Fairbanks and Carol Cumber of Brookings.
The 60-pound poodle is being dyed blue, black, yellow and green to make him look like Ollie Q Cumber in honor of the North Carolina Pickle Festival.
Ollie Q Cumber, the Mt Olive Pickle Co.