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or im·pound·age

[im-pound-muh nt]
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  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.
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Origin of impoundment

First recorded in 1655–65; impound + -ment
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Related Words for impoundment

bondage, imprisonment, slavery, incarceration, confinement, custody, enthrallment, duress, thralldom, constraint, restraint, jail, enslavement, entombment, servitude, limbo, serfdom, subjection, vassalage, committal

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Historical Examples of impoundment

  • 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


1660s; see impound + -ment.

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