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 impalement
The penalty of death appears to have been inflicted either by burning, impalement, dismemberment, or drowning.Mesopotamian Archaeology|Percy S. P. Handcock
Then the king in a rage, supposing he had concealed his son, had him put to death by impalement as a thief.The Kath Sarit Sgara|Somadeva Bhatta
Hoping this amount of impalement will be satisfactory, I go on to something else.A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)|Augustus de Morgan
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
I could not move without it, so I had to wait till the two women took pity on me and released me from my impalement.The Making of Mary|Jean Forsyth
Word Origin for impale
1590s, from French empalement, from empaler (see 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.