- 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.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- 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: Fr empaler from Midieval Latin impalare from Classical Latin in-, on plush palus, a stake, pole
- impalement noun
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also em·paletransitive verb im·paled also em·paled, im·pal·ing also em·pal·ing, im·pales also em·pales
- a. To pierce with a sharp stake or point.b. To torture or kill by impaling.
- To render helpless as if by impaling.
Origin: Medieval Latin impālāre : Latin in-, in; see in-2 + Latin pālus, stake; see pag- in Indo-European roots.
- im·paleˈment noun
- im·palˈer noun