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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cum·ber v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cumbered p. pr. & vb. n. Cumbering.]  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?   --Dryden.
    Martha was cumbered about much serving.   --Luke x. 40.
    Cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?   -- Luke xiii. 7.
    The multiplying variety of arguments, especially frivolous ones, . . . but cumbers the memory.   --Locke.