impale

verb im·pale \ im-ˈpāl \

Definition of impale

impaled; impaling
transitive verb
1 :to join (coats of arms) on a heraldic shield divided vertically by a pale
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

impalement

play \im-ˈpāl-mənt\ noun

impaler

play \im-ˈpā-lər\ noun

Examples of impale in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of impale

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


IMPALE Defined for English Language Learners

impale

verb

Definition of impale for English Language Learners

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


IMPALE Defined for Kids

impale

verb im·pale \ im-ˈpāl \

Definition of impale for Students

impaled; impaling
:to pierce with something pointed


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