• WordNet 3.6
    • v impale pierce with a sharp stake or point "impale a shrimp on a skewer"
    • v impale kill by piercing with a spear or sharp pole "the enemies were impaled and left to die"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Impale To inclose, as with pales or stakes; to surround. "Impale him with your weapons round about.""Impenetrable, impaled with circling fire."
    • Impale (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."
    • Impale 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • impale To fix upon a stake; drive or thrust a sharpened stake through: an ancient and Oriental mode of capital punishment.
    • impale Hence Figuratively, to render helpless as if pierced through or impaled: as, to impale a person upon his own argument or upon the horns of a dilemma.
    • impale To surround or inclose with or as with stakes, posts, or palisades.
    • impale In heraldry, to display side by side on one shield, separated palewise each from the other, as when the arms of husband and wife are represented together.
    • impale Hence — To place side by side as of similar importance and signification.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Impale im-pāl′ to fence in with stakes: to shut in: to put to death by spitting on a stake
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See 2d Empale
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. empaler—L. in, in, palus, a stake.


In literature:

Their spears, sliding after, narrowly missed impaling them.
"The Raid on the Termites" by Paul Ernst
I, impaled by life, emit statues.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
The door of the Library is surmounted by the arms of John Williams, impaled with those of the see of Lincoln.
"St. John's College, Cambridge" by Robert Forsyth Scott
Directly in the center of the auditorium floor the Stewart and Clinch arms are impaled, enameled in brass.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 488, May 9, 1885" by Various
If he was killed by this dreadful impalement, all was right.
"Darius the Great" by Jacob Abbott
Perhaps the custom of bearing the paternal shield impaled with the maternal sprung from these proofs.
"Notes and Queries, Number 231, April 1, 1854" by Various
They even impaled a baby on a spear, and she shouted with glee.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
It is not a sun-dial, it is an impaling instrument.
"Things as They Are" by Amy Wilson-Carmichael
He allowed us to go on without ordering his men to impale us.
"The Red Hand of Ulster" by George A. Birmingham
My seal was an emerald, Faith also, impaled.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No IV, April 1863" 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:

Drunk Man Impaled on Fence in Hollywood Hills While Trying To Climb For Good View.
HOLLYWOOD HILLS—A drunk man was impaled on a wrought iron fence outside a house in Hollywood Hills on Friday, November 2 at approximately 12:14 p.m.
Man impaled on wrought iron fence.
A man was impaled on a wrought iron fence at a house in the Hollywood Hills early today.
The approximately 25-year-old victim's upper leg was impaled on a tall section of fence at 1236 N Sierra Alta Way, said Cecil Manresa of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The ImPaler Pale Ale ($6) uses a variety developed in New Zealand, which makes the ale bold yet smooth, with fine citrus notes.
Man's neck impaled by pole at swamp buggy races.
An East Naples man was seriously injured Sunday after his neck was impaled by a pole at the swamp buggy races, according to Collier County sheriff's deputies.
(KUTV) Update: A McKay-Dee Hospital spokesperson has confirmed that the 11-year-old girl impaled by a curtain rod Saturday afternoon has passed away.
Yoga instructor Marianne Impal asks her to pay attention to her thoughts.
Unlike most Olympians, it also begins with an impaled pig.
An imaging scan shows the shepherd's hook that impaled Cathy Smith through her eye.
Smith will appear on the show "I Was Impaled" at 10 pm Saturday on the Discovery Fit and Health Network.
Pleasant View girl dies after freak impalement accident.
Police are investigating a deadly wreck in which the driver of a pickup truck was impaled by a pole.