• WordNet 3.6
    • n poundage placing private property in the custody of an officer of the law
    • n poundage weight expressed in pounds
    • n poundage a fee charged for the recovery of impounded animals
    • n poundage a charge based on weight measured in pounds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Poundage A charge paid for the release of impounded cattle.
    • Poundage A subsidy of twelve pence in the pound, formerly granted to the crown on all goods exported or imported, and if by aliens, more.
    • Poundage A sum deducted from a pound, or a certain sum paid for each pound; a commission.
    • Poundage Confinement of cattle, or other animals, in a public pound.
    • Poundage (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.
    • v. t Poundage To collect, as poundage; to assess, or rate, by poundage.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n poundage A certain sum or rate per pound sterling; a tax, duty, or deduction of so much per pound; specifically, in English history, a duty of 12d. in the pound on exported or imported merchandise. See tonnage and poundage (under tonnage), and subsidy.
    • n poundage In law, an allowance to a sheriff or similar officer, computed by a percentage on the value of property seized by him or the amount of the judgment or process satisfied, as a compensation for his service.
    • n poundage In salt-manuf., the number of pounds of salt contained in one cubic foot of brine.
    • poundage To assess or rate by poundage; collect as poundage.
    • n poundage The confinement of cattle in a pound.
    • n poundage A charge levied upon the owners of impounded cattle, both as a fine for trespass and to defray the cost of caring for the animals.
    • n poundage A commission of so much in a pound upon the earnings of weavers, paid in some parts of England to superintendents of weaving-plants.
    • n poundage The series of pounds in an abattoir in which animals can be kept until they are slaughtered.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Poundage a charge or tax made on each pound
    • ns Poundage a charge made for pounding stray cattle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See 3d Pound
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. pund, enclosure.


In literature:

He levied those duties of tonnage and poundage, and increased them as he thought fit.
"A Child's History of England" by Charles Dickens
TONNAGE AND POUNDAGE, the name given to certain duties first levied in Edward II.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Doyle says that the honest man at Smithfield had poundage of him as well as from the grazier, so that he acted in a double capacity.
"Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences" by Arthur L. Hayward
For instance, tunnage and poundage were appropriated for naval defenses.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
Pay that three hundred and fifty, with costs and sheriff's poundage, and I take away my man.
"In Luck at Last" by Walter Besant
Each succeeding run of salmon averaged greater poundage.
"Poor Man's Rock" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
He knew, too, that people were buying motor cars on performance, not poundage, now.
"Burned Bridges" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
First Parliament, 1626, would grant "tonnage and poundage" for only one year.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: History" by Ontario Ministry of Education
These dues were known as tonnage and poundage, the former being a duty of 1s.
"King's Cutters and Smugglers 1700-1855" by E. Keble Chatterton
Dr. Harry Gamble, the head of Project Isle, was losing poundage by the hour with worry.
"That Sweet Little Old Lady" by Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA Mark Phillips)

In news:

Pushed for ' poundage ,' Michigan Governor Snyder evades weight question.
Even though the poundage was down from the previous Classic on the same lake, no one could say this Classic was a humdrum affair.
CHICAGO — Sixty percent of respondents to American Laundry News' final Wire survey for 2012 said their laundry's poundage this year was "somewhat higher" in comparison to 2011 figures.
CHICAGO — When asked to compare their laundry's poundage this year to its 2006 throughput, nearly 70% of those who responded to the final Wire survey of 2007 said it was virtually the same amount.
Too may of us are well-acquainted with hibernation poundage: those extra pounds deposited over fall and winter.