Definitions for: Impale

[v] pierce with a sharp stake or point; "impale a shrimp on a skewer"
[v] kill by piercing with a spear or sharp pole; "the enemies were impaled and left to die"

Webster (1913) Definition: Im*pale", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Impaled; p. pr. & vb.
n. Impaling.] [See 2d Empale.]
1. To pierce with a pale; to put to death by fixing on a
sharp stake. See Empale.

Then with what life remains, impaled, and left To
writhe at leisure round the bloody stake. --Addison.

2. To inclose, as with pales or stakes; to surround.

Impale him with your weapons round about. --Shak.

Impenetrable, impaled with circling fire. --Milton.

3. (Her.) To join, as two coats of arms on one shield,
palewise; hence, to join in honorable mention.

Ordered the admission of St. Patrick to the same to
be matched and impaled with the blessed Virgin in
the honor thereof. --Fuller.

Synonyms: empale, spike, stake, transfix

See Also: kill, pierce, pin, spear, thrust

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