Surcharge

Definition of Surcharge

Sur`charge´
v. t.1.To overload; to overburden; to overmatch; to overcharge; as, to surcharge a beast or a ship; to surcharge a cannon.
[imp. & p. p. Surcharged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Surcharging .]
Four charged two, and two surcharged one.
- Spenser.
Your head reclined, as hiding grief from view,
Droops like a rose surcharged with morning dew.
- Dryden.
2.(Law) To overstock; especially, to put more cattle into, as a common, than the person has a right to do, or more than the herbage will sustain. Blackstone.
3.To print or write a surcharge on (a postage stamp).
n.1.An overcharge; an excessive load or burden; a load greater than can well be borne.
A numerous nobility causeth poverty and inconvenience in a state, for it is surcharge of expense.
- Bacon.
2.(Law) The putting, by a commoner, of more beasts on the common than he has a right to.
3.(Railroads) A charge over the usual or legal rates.
4.Something printed or written on a postage stamp to give it a new legal effect, as a new valuation, a place, a date, etc.; also (Colloq.), a stamp with a surcharge.

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