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1. The act of impounding or the state of being impounded.
2. A body of water, such as a reservoir, made by impounding.


(ɪmˈpaʊnd mənt)

also im•pound′age,

1. the act of impounding or the state of being impounded.
2. a confined body of water, as a reservoir.

impoundage, impoundment

the process of taking into legal custody, especially property. — impounder, n.
See also: Property and Ownership
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.impoundment - placing private property in the custody of an officer of the law
seizure - the taking possession of something by legal process
drug bust, drugs bust - seizure of illegal drugs by the police
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"


[ɪmˈpaʊndmənt] N (US) (Fin) → embargo m
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A request for public comment on modifying the location restrictions and associated deadlines concerning construction or operation of a CCR landfill or surface impoundment in certain areas.
The police rolled out the new service and said motorists whose vehicles need to be impounded for traffic violations can now keep their vehicles parked at home through the impoundment period.
Vehicles that have been ordered to be confiscated in Sharjah will no longer be taken to the police impoundment lot.
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While the initial deadline was set for March 20, Sunrise--which first submitted its permit documentation for the mine in 2012--has been working with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Office of Mines and Minerals on several modifications in light of impoundment regulation changes that resulted in the issuance of a modification letter.
We used length, weight, and back-calculated length at age data to estimate and compare size structure, body condition (relative weight), and growth of black crappies in each impoundment.
Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago yesterday called for the approval of her Senate Bill 404 - the Budget Impoundment Control Bill - which, she said, would ban the President of the Philippines from requesting large budgets for some departments and, in the middle of the year, juggle the funds, repackage them as Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), and spend the money any way he wants.
Under what is known as the Massachusetts Uniform Rules of Impoundment, judges are allowed to keep court files closed, or impounded, for years.
Impoundment occurs when the President delays or refuses to spend money appropriated by Congress.
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Various aspects of the fish fauna of the Kpong Headpond have been studied both before and after impoundment.
Biologist Bob Eisenhauer, who ran the creel surveys for the FWC during the heyday of the Stick Marsh, says that the new impoundment phenomena is the result of the terrestrial energy of plants and animals in newly-flooded lands being converted to fish.