ENCUM'BRANCE, n. A load; any thing that impedes motion, or renders it difficult and laborious; clog; impediment. 1. Useless addition or load. Strip from the branching Alps their piny load, The huge encumbrance of horrific wood. 2. Load or burden on an estate; a legal claim on an estate, for the discharge of which the estate is liable.
Incumbrance In*cum"brance, n. [See Encumbrance.] [Written also encumbrance.] 1. A burdensome and troublesome load; anything that impedes motion or action, or renders it difficult or laborious; clog; impediment; hindrance; check. --Cowper. 2. (Law) A burden or charge upon property; a claim or lien upon an estate, which may diminish its value.
Encumbrance En*cum"brance, n. [Cf. OF. encombrance. Cf. Incumbrance.] 1. That which encumbers; a burden which impedes action, or renders it difficult and laborious; a clog; an impediment. See Incumbrance. 2. (Law) Same as Incumbrance. Syn: Burden; clog; impediment; check; hindrance.