im·​pound·​ment | \ im-ˈpau̇n(d)-mənt How to pronounce impoundment (audio) \

Definition of impoundment

1 : the act of impounding : the state of being impounded
2 : a body of water formed by impounding

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Examples of impoundment in a Sentence

after his impoundment in the garage all weekend, the family dog was ready to frolic
Recent Examples on the Web Pro angler and guide Matt Reed has been putting clients on 8- to 10-pounders at Falcon Lake, a Rio Grande impoundment on the border south of Laredo. Alan Clemons, Outdoor Life, "Texas Lakes Are Blowing Up Right Now With Giant Bass," 7 Mar. 2021 The goal is to prevent any future flooding, ponding, water-soaking or impoundment of surface waters on Thompson's property, according to the suit. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Menomonee Falls man is suing Waukesha County, alleging that past roadwork caused flooding on his property," 4 Mar. 2021 Located in east Tennessee, Cherokee Lake is an impoundment of the Holston River. Alan Clemons, Outdoor Life, "Video: Potential Record Paddlefish Caught (And Released)," 23 Feb. 2021 Prior to 1974, presidential impoundment powers were stronger. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Can Trump really cut pork from $900B package he signed?," 29 Dec. 2020 In 2019, the program brought in $198,410 with the impoundment of nearly 31,000 items, Salame said. Bruce Selcraig,, "Want your wallet back when you get out of jail? San Antonio wants $25 for holding it," 28 Dec. 2020 Coal ash impoundment breaches have contaminated waterways and made people sick in Colorado, Tennessee, Puerto Rico and elsewhere. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Promontory Point landfill again seeks permit to take out-of-state waste," 6 Nov. 2020 Adult largemouth bass in a 17-acre impoundment were fished for a summer and marked each time they were caught. Hal Schramm, Outdoor Life, "The Science on Why Bass Are Getting Harder to Catch," 12 Sep. 2020 Local homeowners blamed the county for neglecting the dam over the years; others worried that the loss of the impoundment, a shallow lake of about 30 acres, would hurt their property values. Richard Mertens, The Christian Science Monitor, "One solution to America’s dam-safety problem: Remove them," 8 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of impoundment

circa 1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of impoundment was circa 1665

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17 Apr 2021

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“Impoundment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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