im·​pound·​ment im-ˈpau̇n(d)-mənt How to pronounce impoundment (audio)
: the act of impounding : the state of being impounded
: a body of water formed by impounding

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 Penalties would include impoundment and fines of $750 per passenger, according to the ordinance. Daniella Silva, NBC News, 2 Jan. 2024 Last week, the mayor issued an executive order that requires buses with migrants to arrive in the city only between 8:30 a.m. and noon, Monday through Friday, or face fines and impoundment. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, 5 Jan. 2024 Deliberately reducing pond water levels during winter can provide benefits in aquatic weed, fishery and shoreline management in certain situations, according to Scott Jones, small impoundment Extension specialist, Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Debbie Archer Special To The Commercial,, 3 Dec. 2023 Not long ago, biologists feared that smallmouths that escaped Lake Powell—an impoundment of the Colorado River—would establish in the Grand Canyon and quickly wipe out native and endangered species like the humpback chub. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 25 Oct. 2023 The impoundment rules are modeled after a similar crackdown in Orange, a city near Anaheim that had been dealing with the same kind of scofflaw vendors for years. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Oct. 2023 Smallmouths also inhabit Lake Gillham, an impoundment of the Cossatot River in Southwest Arkansas. Bryan Hendricks, Arkansas Online, 23 July 2023 Concrete impoundments like Flaming Gorge have interrupted the yearly surge of spring snowmelt, turbidity and floodplain fish evolved with and need to spawn and thrive. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 July 2023 This rod may seem like a one-hit-wonder, sounding best to anglers regularly fishing the legendary ledges of Tennessee River impoundments. Pete M. Anderson, Field & Stream, 21 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of impoundment was circa 1665

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“Impoundment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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