1. A sum deducted from a pound, or a certain sum paid for each pound; a commission.
2. A subsidy of twelve pence in the pound, formerly granted to the crown on all goods exported or imported, and if by aliens, more. [Eng.]
3. Law The sum allowed to a sheriff or other officer upon the amount realized by an execution; -- estimated in England, and formerly in the United States, at so much of the pound.
Pound·age, v. t. To collect, as poundage; to assess, or rate, by poundage. [R.]
1. Confinement of cattle, or other animals, in a public pound.
2. A charge paid for the release of impounded cattle.
n 1: a charge based on weight measured in pounds
2: a fee charged for the recovery of impounded animals
3: weight expressed in pounds
4: placing private property in the custody of an officer of the
law [syn: impoundment, impounding, internment]