impale

[im-peyl]
verb (used with object), impaled, impaling.
1.
to fasten, stick, or fix upon a sharpened stake or the like.
2.
to pierce with a sharpened stake thrust up through the body, as for torture or punishment.
3.
to fix upon, or pierce through with, anything pointed.
4.
to make helpless as if pierced through.
5.
Archaic. to enclose with or as if with pales or stakes; fence in; hem in.
6.
Heraldry.
a.
to marshal (two coats of arms, as the family arms of a husband and wife) on an escutcheon party per pale.
b.
(of a coat of arms) to be combined with (another coat of arms) in this way.
Also, empale (for defs 1–5).


Origin:
1545–55; < Medieval Latin impālāre, equivalent to Latin im- im-1 + pāl(us) pale2 + -ā- thematic vowel + -re infinitive ending

impaler, noun
impalement, noun
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impale or empale (ɪmˈpeɪl)
 
vb (often foll by on, upon, or with)
1.  to pierce with a sharp instrument: they impaled his severed head on a spear
2.  archaic to enclose with pales or fencing; fence in
3.  heraldry to charge (a shield) with two coats of arms placed side by side
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin impālāre, from Latin im- (in) + pāluspale²]
 
empale or empale
 
vb
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin impālāre, from Latin im- (in) + pāluspale²]
 
im'palement or empale
 
n
 
em'palement or empale
 
n
 
im'paler or empale
 
n
 
em'paler or empale
 
n

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impale
1530, "to enclose with stakes, fence in," from M.L. impalare "to push onto a stake," from L. in- "in" + pallus "pole." Sense of "pierce with a pointed stake" as torture or punishment first recorded 1613.
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Example sentences
We seem, once again, to be impaled upon a conflict between elitism and
  democracy.
The heroes' main purpose is to look surprised when they're impaled by a garden
  implement.
These are tormenting dilemmas upon which mankind has throughout its history
  been so frequently impaled.
Random souls wail and moan as they reach through the walls seeking help, while
  bodies sit impaled through giant spikes.
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