Definition of impale
1 : to join (coats of arms) on a heraldic shield divided vertically by a pale
2a : to pierce with or as if with something pointed; especially : to torture or kill by fixing on a sharp stakeb : to fix in an inescapable or helpless position
impalementplay \im-ˈpāl-mənt\ noun
impalerplay \im-ˈpā-lər\ noun
Examples of impale in a Sentence
impale a marshmallow or two on that stick and let's start toasting
Recent Examples of impale from the Web
As my burger’s bun toasted, it was impaled with a long, broken toothpick, a long intact toothpick, a short toothpick and a green toothpick with a curlicue at the end.
Kahlo, who died in 1954 at age 47, endured polio as a child and nearly died in a bus accident that caused a railing to impale her body.
One such table is laden with metal stands, on which several dozen decapitated doll heads of various shapes, expressions, colors, and hairstyles are impaled on spikes—an admonitory display of contemptible traitors from Tudor England’s hottest town.
A piece of the suspension had broken through the chassis and impaled his leg.
A piece of the suspension had broken through the chasis and impaled his leg.
The most prominent case happened in 1998 when Stephanie Murray, then-13, was impaled by a steel bar that pierced the windshield of the family van on I-95 in Fort Lauderdale.
A more compelling villain would have helped matters, and one scene in which Diana brutally impales a foe with her sword is an incongruous fit with the movie’s overall tone.
Shrikes, also known as butcher birds, are known for killing insects, lizards, small mammals, amphibians and other birds and impaling their bodies on thorns or barbed wire.
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IMPALE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of impale for English Language Learners
: to cause a pointed object to go into or through (someone or something)
IMPALE Defined for Kids
Definition of impale for Students
: to pierce with something pointed
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