(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.
(In*cum"bran*cer) n. (Law) One who holds an incumbrance, or some legal claim, lien,
or charge on an estate. Kent.
(In*cum"brous) a. [Cf. OF. encombros.] Cumbersome; troublesome. [Written also encombrous.]
(||In`cu*nab"u*lum) n.; pl. Incunabula [L. incunabula cradle, birthplace, origin. See 1st
In-, and Cunabula.] A work of art or of human industry, of an early epoch; especially, a book printed
before a. d. 1500.
(In*cur") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Incurred ; p. pr. & vb. n. Incurring ] [L. incurrere to run into or
toward; pref. in- in + currere to run. See Current.]
1. To meet or fall in with, as something inconvenient, harmful, or onerous; to put one's self in the way
of; to expose one's self to; to become liable or subject to; to bring down upon one's self; to encounter; to
contract; as, to incur debt, danger, displeasure, penalty, responsibility, etc.
I know not what I shall incur to pass it,Shak.
Having no warrant.
2. To render liable or subject to; to occasion. [Obs.]
Lest you incur me much more damage in my fame than you have done me pleasure in preserving my
(In*cur"), v. i. To pass; to enter. [Obs.]
Light is discerned by itself because by itself it incurs into the eye.South.