[ im-peyl ]
/ ɪmˈpeɪl /
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verb (used with object), im·paled, im·pal·ing.
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.
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Also empale (for defs. 1-5).
Origin of impale
OTHER WORDS FROM impaleim·pal·er, nounim·pale·ment, noun
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How to use impale in a sentence
Follow me close; you might lose yourself in this pleasant labyrinth, and it is death, my friend—by impalement too!Sarchedon|G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville
Kniaz Dimitri Shaferov expiated his real or imputed crimes by a slow death by impalement.The Rise of the Russian Empire|Hector H. Munro
But impalement as we now know it was preceded by dimidiation.A Complete Guide to Heraldry|Arthur Charles Fox-Davies
The scene was well worthy seeing, though we must omit all description of the impalement, which our travellers refused to witness.
This impalement is given with great force, and a wounded heron has been known to drive its bill right through a stout stick.Poachers and Poaching|John Watson
British Dictionary definitions for impale
/ (ɪmˈpeɪl) /
(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
Derived forms of impaleimpalement or empalement, nounimpaler or empaler, noun
Word Origin for impale
C16: from Medieval Latin impālāre, from Latin im- (in) + pālus pale ²
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