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impoundment

or im·pound·age

[im-pound-muh nt]
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noun
  1. a body of water confined within an enclosure, as a reservoir.
  2. the act of impounding: the impoundment of alien property.
  3. the condition of being impounded.

Origin of impoundment

First recorded in 1655–65; impound + -ment
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Examples from the Web for impoundment

Historical Examples

  • Water conservation, water supply, flood and drainage control, and impoundment facilities.

    Salona, Fairfax County, Virginia

    Ellen Anderson

  • Preliminary observations on the presence of stream-inhabiting fishes in Tenkiller Reservoir, a new Oklahoma impoundment.

  • The primary recommendation is that studies be continued, to document changes that result from impoundment.

  • We impound water without knowing the effects of that impoundment on its quality.

    The Nation's River

    United States Department of the Interior


Word Origin and History for impoundment

n.

1660s; see impound + -ment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper