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

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Some sites feature massive piles or impoundments of mine waste known as tailings. Matthew Brown, The Seattle Times, "50M gallons of polluted water pours daily from US mine sites," 20 Feb. 2019 In court filings in California, U.S. officials urged that their case to take it be suspended until Malaysia’s impoundment becomes more clear. Yantoultra Ngui, WSJ, "Malaysia Charges Former Leader Najib With Money Laundering," 7 Aug. 2018 The Scoop: Located northeast of town, this Boise River impoundment offers great fishing for the trolling crowd. Jordan Rodriguez, idahostatesman, "If you don’t want to travel far to fish, try these five local hotspots | Idaho Statesman," 7 Mar. 2018 The company said its new 90 million capacity impoundment/reservoir and intake is being built for approximately $15.4 million, about $6.3 million less than originally estimated. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Bel Air water company seeks rate increase to recover new reservoir costs," 28 June 2018 These lakes are defined by Texas Parks & Wildlife as a public impoundment 75 acres or smaller within an incorporated city limits, a public park or lying totally within a state park’s boundaries. Jerry Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Bexar County is home to 14 community fishing lakes," 11 June 2018 Louisville is seeing a surge in complaints about vehicles abandoned on residential streets ever since the city's 13-acre police impoundment lot hit capacity (and then some). Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville is littered with abandoned cars, and residents aren't happy," 7 June 2018 The visitor center also provides access to hiking trails that loop around impoundments in the marsh. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trip tips: What to do, where to eat and where to stay in the Horicon Marsh area," 31 May 2018 Advocates fear that steady erosion of the riverbank could trigger a catastrophic spill, similar to disasters at coal plants in Tennessee and North Carolina where ash impoundments ruptured and caused millions of dollars in damage. Michael Hawthorne,, "Lawsuit seeks crackdown on coal plant pollution in Illinois' only national scenic river," 30 May 2018

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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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