/ɪmˈpeɪl / (say im'payl)

verb (t) (impaled, impaling)
1. to fix upon a sharpened stake or the like.
2. to pierce with a sharpened stake thrust up through the body, as for torture or punishment.
3. to fix upon, or pierce through with, anything pointed.
4. to make helpless as if pierced through.
5. Rare to enclose with or as with pales or stakes; fence in; hem in.
6. to combine (two coats of arms) on one shield by putting them side by side with a vertical line between.
Also, empale. {Medieval Latin impālāre, from Latin im- im-1 + pālus stake}
impalement, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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