- The definition of impale is to pierce with a pointed object.
When an animal's head is stuck onto a stake, this is an example of impale.
A strawberry impaled by a fork.
transitive verbimpaled, impaling
- Rare to surround with or as with a palisade
- to pierce through with, or fix on, something pointed; transfix
- to punish or torture by fixing on a stake
- to make helpless, as if fixed on a stake: impaled by her glance
- Heraldry to join (two coats of arms) side by side on one shield
Origin of impaleFrench empaler ; from Medieval Latin impalare ; from Classical Latin in-, on + palus, a stake, pole
transitive verbim·paled, im·pal·ing, im·pales also em·paled or em·pal·ing or em·pales
- To pierce with a sharp stake or point.
- To torture or kill by impaling.
Origin of impaleMedieval Latin impālāre : Latin in-, in; see in–2 + Latin pālus, stake; see pag- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present impales, present participle impaling, simple past and past participle impaled)