- to fasten, stick, or fix upon a sharpened stake or the like.
- to pierce with a sharpened stake thrust up through the body, as for torture or punishment.
- to fix upon, or pierce through with, anything pointed.
- to make helpless as if pierced through.
- Archaic. to enclose with or as if with pales or stakes; fence in; hem in.
- 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
Related Wordsprick, transfix, lance, pierce, spear, punch, stick, puncture, spike, skewer, perforate, skiver
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
January 2, 2014
When a company lives by the icon, it can, at the very least, impale itself on the icon.Steve Jobs' Messiah Complex
January 15, 2009
He allowed us to go on without ordering his men to impale us.The Red Hand of Ulster
George A. Birmingham
Nor would he do so if his hobby were to impale human beings.The Crooked House
It squealed, shrill with triumph, and the horn swept up to impale him.Space Prison
Sir,—Allow me to impale Mr. Dexter on the horns of a dilemma.From a Cornish Window
Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
It was not difficult for Mr. Davis to impale him upon this plea.Robert Toombs
Pleasant A. Stovall
- (often foll by on, upon, or with) to pierce with a sharp instrumentthey impaled his severed head on a spear
- archaic to enclose with pales or fencing; fence in
- heraldry to charge (a shield) with two coats of arms placed side by side
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.