overburden overburden  /ˈoʊ vər ˈbɜr dən/


  1. (n) the surface soil that must be moved away to get at coal seams and mineral deposits
  2. (n) an excessive burden
  3. (v) burden with too much work or responsibility
  4. (v) load with excessive weight


  1. Don't overburden your soil with petroleum-based fertilizers so you can yield copious bushels of corn that will be factory-processed into syrup for soft drinks.
  2. Since most immigrants are raising families themselves, they overburden the schools, maternity hospitals and welfare clinics in areas where they have congregated.
  3. This scars Appalachia's hills and flatlands with ugly detritus called overburden or spoil.


  1. Merkel's conservatives say Turkey would overburden EU

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives have rejected Turkish membership in the European Union in their German election program, saying the country would "overburden" the bloc because of its size and economy. The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), have long opposed Turkey joining the 27-nation bloc, but haven't ...
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. Village to discuss rental regulations Monday night

    Greenport Village board members hold a discussion on a potential law that would set rental regulations for residential properties. The proposal aims at eliminating illegal apartments within residential homes, which the the board believes encourages deterioration of the Village’s housing stock – leading to blight, excessive traffic, parking problems, an overburden on municipal services and [...]
    on June 17, 2013     Source: The Suffolk Times

  3. County OKs deal to pursue funds

    JOHNSTOWN - Fulton County supervisors recently approved a contract with two law firms to pursue recovery of past Medicaid "overburden" reimbursement payments the state has owed the county for years.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: The Leader-Herald


  1. "The rates of illness continue to rise rapidly within many communities across the nation, and the potential exists for the pandemic to overburden health care resources in some localities," Obama said in a statement.
    on Oct 25, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Inquirer.net

  2. "Climate change is best viewed as a threat multiplier which exacerbates existing trends, tensions and instability," Solana and Ferrero-Waldner say. "The core challenge is that climate change threatens to overburden states and regions which...
    on Mar 9, 2008 By: Benita Ferrero-Waldner Source: guardian.co.uk

  3. "The quickest way to get a team off track is to overburden your bullpen," Francona said. "Hansen has been throwing the ball great and there is also flexibility. We just try to make the best use of our roster in these difficult times where...
    on Apr 23, 2008 By: Terry Francona Source: USA Today

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