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SURCH'ARGE, verb transitive

1. To overload; to overburden; as, to surcharge a beast or a ship; to surcharge a cannon.

Your head reclin'd, as hiding grief from view,

Droops like a rose surcharg'd with morning dew.

2. In law, to overstock; to put more cattle into a common than the person has a right to do, or more than the herbage will sustain.

SURCH'ARGE, noun An excessive load or burden; a load greater than can be well borne.