American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To pierce with a sharp stake or point.
- v. To torture or kill by impaling.
- v. To render helpless as if by impaling.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To fix upon a stake; drive or thrust a sharpened stake through: an ancient and Oriental mode of capital punishment.
- 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.
- To surround or inclose with or as with stakes, posts, or palisades.
- 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.
- Hence — To place side by side as of similar importance and signification.
- v. to pierce with a pale; to put to death by fixing on a sharp stake.
- v. more generally, to pierce (something) with any long, pointed object.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To pierce with a pale; to put to death by fixing on a sharp stake. See empale.
- v. To inclose, as with pales or stakes; to surround.
- v. (Her.) To join, as two coats of arms on one shield, palewise; hence, to join in honorable mention.
- v. kill by piercing with a spear or sharp pole
- v. pierce with a sharp stake or point
- From Medieval Latin impālāre, from Latin palus. (Wiktionary)
- Medieval Latin impālāre : Latin in-, in; see in-2 + Latin pālus, stake; see pag- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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