• WordNet 3.6
    • n impalement the act of piercing with a sharpened stake as a form of punishment or torture
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Impalement An inclosing by stakes or pales, or the space so inclosed.
    • Impalement That which hedges in; inclosure.
    • Impalement The act of impaling, or the state of being impaled.
    • Impalement (Her) The division of a shield palewise, or by a vertical line, esp. for the purpose of putting side by side the arms of husband and wife. See Impale, 3.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n impalement The act of impaling, or putting to death by driving a stake through the body.
    • n impalement The act of inclosing with stakes, or paling.
    • n impalement A paling or hedge; an inclosure; hence, a floral inclosure or flower-cup.
    • n impalement A piece of ground inclosed by pales; an inclosed space.
    • n impalement In heraldry, the marshaling side by side of two escutcheons combined in one. See impale The common case of impalement is that of the arms of husband and wife; a bishop also impales his own arms with those of the see, the arms of the see occupying the dexter half. In some cases other officers, as the heads of colleges in England, and always kings-at-arms and often heralds, use impalement in charging their arms. In early heraldry impalement consisted in giving half of each original escutcheon, but in modern times the whole of each escutcheon is placed right or left of the pale.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Impalement an enclosed space:
    • n Impalement (her.) the marshalling side by side of two escutcheons combined in one
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. empaler—L. in, in, palus, a stake.


In literature:

A wounded beast impaled him on a tusk and then mauled him almost beyond recognition.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
Impaled upon the cruel ramrod you suffered slow torture over the fire.
"Detailed Minutiae of Soldier life in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865" by Carlton McCarthy
He would be like enough to impale one of them on his great spike, or else trample them brutally under his huge feet.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Ensign Chandler had been impaled by two long feathered shafts, two arrows.
"A World Called Crimson" by Darius John Granger
I had rather be impaled right off than exhibit that fat creature as my wife.
"The Immortal" by Alphonse Daudet
It usually impales its victim upon a thorn, or thrusts it in the fork of a limb.
"Bird Stories from Burroughs" by John Burroughs
It was not difficult for Mr. Davis to impale him upon this plea.
"Robert Toombs" by Pleasant A. Stovall
The draft for the impalement is also heavily corrected, probably in comparison and discussion.
"Shakespeare's Family" by Mrs. C. C. Stopes
Hoping this amount of impalement will be satisfactory, I go on to something else.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)" by Augustus de Morgan
The general mode of bearing them is by impalement, giving the preference (dexter) to the arms of dignity.
"Notes and Queries, Number 206, October 8, 1853" by Various

In poetry:

And tender night falls like a sigh
On châlet low and château high;
And the far cataract's voice comes nigh,
Where no man hears;
And spectral peaks impale the sky
On silver spears.
"A Child's Hair" by William Watson

In news:

After you've had your fill of steakhouses and their boring slabs of meat, Agora will show you how steak should be done: impaled on metal swords, served by sash-wearing gauchos and offered as an all-you-can-eat.
Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula, is an ancestor of Prince Charles.
But she did eat dill pickles impaled on peppermint sticks, and she remembers how friends sucked the juice from cut lemons through peppermint sticks repurposed as straws.
I Was Impaled by a French Fry.
Civil War bayonets were used more for cooking than impaling the enemy.
11-year-old Nikki Clark was in critical condition after being impaled in fall at her Pleasant View home over weekend.
Man impales eye with pruning shears.
The cat was found burnt and impaled with a small American flag in Longfellow Park in south Minneapolis on Monday morning.
Microbial 'Missing Link' Discovered after Former EMT Impales Hand on Tree Branch.
An X-ray of the spear that impaled 16-year-old Yasser Lopez's skull and brain.
Rudolph the Red- Nosed Reindeer Got Impaled on a Traffic Light During a Christmas Parade.
Get out your fondue pot and anything you can impale on a toothpick, because this is a random national day of celebration worth getting into.
I don't know how you impale yourself with pruning shears , but it can't be pleasant.
A construction worker was impaled by a steel rod yesterday at the World Trade Center site, officials said.
Morrow worker impaled, killed by forklift .