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impale

play
verb im·pale \im-ˈpāl\

Simple Definition of impale

  • : to cause a pointed object to go into or through (someone or something)

Full Definition of impale

im·paledim·pal·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to join (coats of arms) on a heraldic shield divided vertically by a pale

  3. 2 a :  to pierce with or as if with something pointed; especially :  to torture or kill by fixing on a sharp stake b :  to fix in an inescapable or helpless position

im·pale·ment play \-mənt\ noun
im·pal·er play \-ˈpā-lər\ noun

Examples of impale

  1. <impale a marshmallow or two on that stick and let's start toasting>



Origin of impale

Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French empaler, from Medieval Latin impalare, from Latin in- + palus stake — more at pole


First Known Use: 1605



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