[verb im-pound; noun im-pound]
- to shut up in a pound or other enclosure, as a stray animal.
- to confine within an enclosure or within limits: water impounded in a reservoir.
- to seize and retain in custody of the law, as a document for evidence.
- money, property, etc., that has been impounded: a sale of impounds by the police department.
Origin of impound
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Examples from the Web for impounding
A provision for the impounding and destruction of infringing copies and means for producing them.
Nor can surface water be changed into a water course by impounding it.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman
Albert Sidney Bolles
So Rupert went unpunished except by banishment and the impounding of his rents.Rupert of Hentzau
Water conservation, water supply, flood and drainage control, and impounding facilities.Salona, Fairfax County, Virginia
No. 2, a local act, by which people whose property is trespassed upon, are allowed the privilege of impounding the trespassers.The Bushman
Edward Wilson Landor
- to confine (stray animals, illegally parked cars, etc) in a pound
- to seize (chattels, etc) by legal right
- to take possession of (a document, evidence, etc) and hold in legal custody
- to collect (water) in a reservoir or dam, as for irrigation
- to seize or appropriate
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Word Origin and History for impounding
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