verb (used with object), im·paled, im·pal·ing.
- to marshal (two coats of arms, as the family arms of a husband and wife) on an escutcheon party per pale.
- (of a coat of arms) to be combined with (another coat of arms) in this way.
Origin of impale
Examples from the Web for impale
These can be invasive, shift around while exercising and god forbid you do anything where you fall and impale yourself on it.Mio Alpha Review: A Strapless Continuous Heart Rate Monitor for Your Wrist|Tyler Carroll|January 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When a company lives by the icon, it can, at the very least, impale itself on the icon.
All this means no more than that occasionally a man of high caste may now impale the arms of his wife.Method in the Study of Totemism|Andrew Lang
He loved to bait them, to impale them on the horns of some moral or theological dilemma.The History of Sir Richard Calmady|Lucas Malet
We have often heard of the shrikes, or butcher birds, that capture small birds and impale them on the thorns of bushes.
As soon as he scents anything he wishes to impale on his horn, he starts in the direction from which he got his lead.Seven Legs Across the Seas|Samuel Murray
The infuriated bull was fast nearing him, with head lowered, and horns set to crush or impale him.The Vee-Boers|Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for impale
Word Origin for impale
Word Origin and History for impale
1520s, "to enclose with stakes, fence in," from Middle French empaler and directly from Medieval Latin impalare "to push onto a stake," from assimilated form of in- "into, in" (see in- (2)) + Latin palus "a stake, prop, stay; wooden post, pole," from PIE *pak-slo-, from root *pag-/*pak- "to fasten" (see pact). Sense of "pierce with a pointed stake" (as torture or punishment) first recorded 1610s. Related: Impaled; impaling.