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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Lake Ashtabula is an impoundment on the Sheyenne River in Barnes and Griggs counties. USA TODAY, "Child rock climber, baby doll scare, real-life RoboCop: News from around our 50 states," 20 June 2019 Alpine: Luna Lake A 75-acre impoundment of the San Francisco River sits in the White Mountains at 8,300 feet elevation. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "These Arizona campgrounds will reserve your spot," 17 June 2019 The Environmental Protection Agency began working to regulate coal ash after an impoundment failed at another TVA plant in Kingston, spilling 5.4 million cubic yards (4.1 million cubic meters) of ash into the Emory River and surrounding community. Washington Post, "Utility will remove coal ash from pits near Tennessee river," 13 June 2019 Similarly, the report calls for more review of the city’s massive impoundment program. ProPublica, "Task Force on Tickets and Debt Suggests Reforms but Needs Chicago’s Mayor and City Council to Finish the Work," 15 June 2019 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

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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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