Definition of overburden in US English:

overburden

verb

[with object]
Pronunciation /ˌōvərˈbərdn//ˌoʊvərˈbərdn/
  • 1Load (someone) with too many things to carry.

    ‘they were overburdened with luggage’
    load, weight, charge
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    1. 1.1 Give (someone) more work or pressure than they can deal with.
      ‘the courts became overburdened with large numbers of relatively trivial offenses’
      ‘overburdened teachers’
      • ‘Police are poorly paid, investigators and prosecutors are too few and overburdened, and there are not enough courts, judges, or jails.’
      • ‘According to his account, he was overburdened and overwhelmed by the tasks imposed on him, many of which he regarded as pointless.’
      • ‘It handles the material so well that the student is not overburdened.’
      • ‘Analyzing and grading writing can be difficult for teachers who are already overburdened with their various education and non-education assignments.’
      • ‘As the nation's overburdened and underfunded emergency rooms are pushed to the brink, our medical safety net is starting to unravel.’
      • ‘At a time when federal courts are already overburdened, it will make case backlogs even longer.’
      • ‘While the idea of people telling their stories is attractive in theory, in practice the courts are overburdened as it is.’
      • ‘This is an indication of how overburdened our courts are.’
      • ‘Physicians are overburdened by paperwork and government regulations.’
      • ‘Several of the administrators were also new, and just as overburdened by the remaining seven teacher vacancies.’
      • ‘These courts are already overburdened with cases and the influx of new lawsuits will result in cases taking many years to reach trial.’
      • ‘Such bad bureaucracy weighs heavily on already overburdened parents.’
      • ‘Inmates feel isolated and are already overburdened by the tension of courts and hearings.’
      • ‘It is little wonder then that officials have long pushed for mergers to clean up the overburdened system.’
      • ‘Probation officers that I have dealt with are overburdened, overworked and burned out.’
      • ‘The courts are not overburdened with applications in this field.’
      • ‘He said the measures would place further pressure on the already overburdened public hospital system.’
      • ‘When we are all overburdened with worries in our daily life, a real entertainer is a welcome relief.’
      • ‘True, teachers in the public school system are often overburdened, but many still do a great teaching job.’
      • ‘For overburdened middle managers and front-line employees, the pressure to complete day-to-day tasks can make learning the ins and outs of a new system feel like nothing but a hassle.’
      strain, stretch, put a strain on, make demands on, weigh heavily on, weigh down
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noun

Pronunciation /ˈōvərˌbərdn//ˈoʊvərˌbərdn/
  • 1Rock or soil overlying a mineral deposit, archaeological site, or other underground feature.

    • ‘The overburden comprises sands and shales with thin coal interbeds, which passes upwards into sandstones and shales without coals.’
    • ‘Localized high-magnitude overpressures are also observed within pressure compartments in the deltaic overburden in the inner shelf.’
    • ‘Calculations suggest that 1,000 tons of overburden was removed to create a single shaft, which yielded approximately 8 tons of nodular flint.’
    • ‘It occurred to Greene that this channel resembled the area several hundred yards downstream where they had been digging - an area now filled with rock and buried under 4 feet of overburden.’
    • ‘In-situ methods make more economic sense for deposits covered by more than 75 m of overburden.’
    • ‘Contracts have been let to South Australian firms for site preparation, removal of overburden and the installation of a major mining and heavy mineral separation plant.’
    • ‘Another key component to a heavy-equipment fleet is the machine that gets overburden off the site.’
    • ‘Equipment was small and most miners removed all overburden by washing it down the creeks.’
    • ‘Overpressured prodelta shales may act as a decoupling zone between the structural basement and deltaic overburden.’
    • ‘Conversely, in an extensional basin, older strata would be expected to develop higher grades beneath an overburden of younger rocks.’
    • ‘For both the sill and the sedimentary overburden, reduction in thickness since intrusion may have been around 10%, with comparable increases in present-day densities.’
    • ‘Features shared by the Lake Hope structures and many physical diapiric models are local ductile extension and thinning of the overburden overlying anticlinal ridges of the active boundary.’
    • ‘These indicate that the thermal alteration is due to thrust loading and not to pre-thrust sedimentary overburden.’
    • ‘Underneath the muskeg is a layer of sand, rock and overburden, a clay-like material.’
    • ‘The current planning application provides for the Moira site to be restored by filling with overburden from mineral operations at Albion.’
    • ‘One bucket-wheel excavator removes the relatively thin overburden and exposes the coal seam.’
    • ‘Continued compaction by overburden then converts lignite into bituminous coal and finally, anthracite coal.’
    • ‘The workings were confined to several, steep-sided gorges from which the miners extracted fibre with some difficulty, mostly either by blast-removing overburden to expose benches or by underground mining.’
    • ‘It is proposed that evaporite dissolution led to the collapse of the weakly lithified overburden, and this deformed with a series of concentric extensional faults.’
    • ‘All topsoil and vegetative overburden shall be removed and separately stored along the north eastern boundary of the site to the satisfaction of the Local Planning Authority.’
    1. 1.1 An excessive burden.
      ‘an overburden of costs’
      • ‘The economic cost of these factors could be reflected by an overburden of social medical response that could eventually deny health services for the masses, in many nations.’
      • ‘The disease has led to a huge orphan crisis, creating an overburden on an already stressed medical system.’

Pronunciation

overburden

Verb/ˌoʊvərˈbərdn/

overburden

Noun/ˈoʊvərˌbərdn/