(Cul"ver), n. [Abbrev. fr. Culverin.] A culverin.
Falcon and culver on each tower
Stood prompt their deadly hail to shower.
Sir W. Scott.
(Cul"ver*house`) n. A dovecote.
(Cul"ver*in) n.[F. coulevrine, prop. fem. of couleuvrin like a serpent, fr. couleuvre adder, fr.
L. coluber, colubra.] A long cannon of the 16th century, usually an 18-pounder with serpent-shaped
Trump, and drum, and roaring culverin.
1. A bunch of the keys or samaras of the ash tree. Wright.
2. An English meadow plant, perhaps the columbine or the bluebell squill [Obs.]
A girl cropping culverkeys and cowslips to make garlands.
(Cul"vert) n. [Prob. from OF. coulouere, F. couloir, channel, gutter, gallery, fr. couler to flow.
See Cullis.] A transverse drain or waterway of masonry under a road, railroad, canal, etc.; a small
(Cul"ver*tail`) n. (Carp.) Dovetail.
(Cul"ver*tailed`) a. United or fastened by a dovetailed joint.
(||Cu*ma"ce*a) n. pl. [NL.] (Zoöl.) An order of marine Crustacea, mostly of small size.
(Cum"bent) a. [Cf. Recumbent, Covey.] Lying down; recumbent. J. Dyer.
(Cum"ber) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cumbered (-b?rd); p. pr. & vb. n. Cumbering.] [OE. combren,
cumbren,OF. combrer to hinder, from LL. cumbrus a heap, fr. L. cumulus; cf. Skr. to increase, grow
strong. Cf. Cumulate.] 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
Why asks he what avails him not in fight,
And would but cumber and retard his flight?
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.
(Cum"ber) n. [Cf. encombre hindrance, impediment. See Cuber,v.] Trouble; embarrassment; distress.
[Obs.] [Written also comber.]
A place of much distraction and cumber.
Sir H. Wotton.
Sage counsel in cumber.
Sir W. Scott.