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 This hefty white crappie was caught on Guntersville Reservoir, a big TVA impoundment in far northern Alabama near the Tennessee border. Bob Mcnally, Field & Stream, "14 of the Biggest Crappies of All TIme," 22 Apr. 2020 While bass fishing currently is slow on the 69,000-acre impoundment of the Tennessee River due to water temperatures in the high 40s, the long-range forecast shows daily temperatures approaching the 60s for the next several weeks. Frank Sargeant, al, "Ready for 2020 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Guntersville? Perfect weather possible," 9 Feb. 2020 This is not the first time that the accountability office has ruled that the Trump administration violated the impoundment act. Emily Cochrane, New York Times, "G.A.O. Report Says Trump Administration Broke Law in Withholding Ukraine Aid," 16 Jan. 2020 This is not the first time that the accountability office has ruled that the Trump administration violated the impoundment act. Emily Cochrane,, "Watchdog says Trump administration broke law in withholding Ukraine aid," 16 Jan. 2020 The impoundment, which went into operation this past winter, is designed to store a backup water supply for the Town of Bel Air and the surrounding areas. David Anderson,, "Harford set to add planned developments for Bel Air, Fallston to water and sewer plan," 3 Oct. 2019 Head north, and Route 7 will bring you just shy of Little Blue Run, the largest coal ash impoundment in the country, which spans the West Virginia/Pennsylvania border. Sharon Kelly,, "What the petrochemical buildout along the Ohio River means for regional communities and beyond," 6 Jan. 2020 Kizer was an impoundment officer with LMPD for over 18 years. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Funeral arrangements set for LMPD tow truck driver who died on the job," 3 Jan. 2020 Last December, Valencia convened a citywide task force to study the problems and, in June, issued a series of 14 recommendations for reforming the city’s ticketing, debt collection and impoundment practices. ProPublica, "A Half-Million Chicago Drivers Have Unpaid Sticker Tickets, but Only 11,400 Applied for the City’s Relief Program," 24 Dec. 2010

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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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“Impoundment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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