1545–55; < Medieval Latin impālāre, equivalent to Latin im- im-1 + pāl(us) pale2 + -ā- thematic vowel + -re infinitive ending (Source: dictionary.com)
Definitions of Impalement
verb (used with object)
- to fasten, stick, or fix upon a sharpened stake or the like.
- to pierce with a sharpened stake thrust up through the body, as for torture or punishment.
- to fix upon, or pierce through with, anything pointed.
- to make helpless as if pierced through.
- Archaic. to enclose with or as if with pales or stakes; fence in; hem in.
- Heraldry. to marshal (two coats of arms, as the family arms of a husband and wife) on an escutcheon party per pale. (of a coat of arms) to be combined with (another coat of arms) in this way.
- (often foll by on, upon, or with) to pierce with a sharp instrumentthey impaled his severed head on a spear
- archaic to enclose with pales or fencing; fence in
- heraldry to charge (a shield) with two coats of arms placed side by side
- : to pierce with or as if with something pointed
- : to fix in an inescapable or helpless position
- : to join (coats of arms) on a heraldic shield divided vertically by a pale
Example sentences for Impalement
- The penalty of death appears to have been inflicted either by burning, impalement, dismemberment, or drowning.
- Then the king in a rage, supposing he had concealed his son, had him put to death by impalement as a thief.
- Hoping this amount of impalement will be satisfactory, I go on to something else.
- This impalement is given with great force, and a wounded heron has been known to drive its bill right through a stout stick.
- I could not move without it, so I had to wait till the two women took pity on me and released me from my impalement.
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