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im·pale

(ĭm-pāl′) also em·pale (ĕm-)
tr.v. im·paled, im·pal·ing, im·pales also em·paled or em·pal·ing or em·pales
1. To pierce with a sharp stake or point.
2. To torture or kill by impaling.

[Medieval Latin impālāre : Latin in-, in; see in-2 + Latin pālus, stake; see pag- in Indo-European roots.]

im·pale′ment n.
im·pal′er n.

impale

(ɪmˈpeɪl) or

empale

vb (tr)
1. (often foll by: on, upon, or with) 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) heraldry to charge (a shield) with two coats of arms placed side by side
[C16: from Medieval Latin impālāre, from Latin im- (in) + pālus pale2]
imˈpalement, emˈpalement n
imˈpaler, emˈpaler n

im•pale

(ɪmˈpeɪl)

v.t. -paled, -pal•ing.
1. to pierce or fix with something pointed.
2. to pierce with a sharpened stake thrust up through the body.
3. to make helpless as if pierced through.
4. to combine (coats of arms) on a shield with a pale dividing vertically.
[1545–55; < Medieval Latin impālāre]
im•pal′er, n.
im•pale′ment, n.

impale


Past participle: impaled
Gerund: impaling

Imperative
impale
impale
Present
I impale
you impale
he/she/it impales
we impale
you impale
they impale
Preterite
I impaled
you impaled
he/she/it impaled
we impaled
you impaled
they impaled
Present Continuous
I am impaling
you are impaling
he/she/it is impaling
we are impaling
you are impaling
they are impaling
Present Perfect
I have impaled
you have impaled
he/she/it has impaled
we have impaled
you have impaled
they have impaled
Past Continuous
I was impaling
you were impaling
he/she/it was impaling
we were impaling
you were impaling
they were impaling
Past Perfect
I had impaled
you had impaled
he/she/it had impaled
we had impaled
you had impaled
they had impaled
Future
I will impale
you will impale
he/she/it will impale
we will impale
you will impale
they will impale
Future Perfect
I will have impaled
you will have impaled
he/she/it will have impaled
we will have impaled
you will have impaled
they will have impaled
Future Continuous
I will be impaling
you will be impaling
he/she/it will be impaling
we will be impaling
you will be impaling
they will be impaling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been impaling
you have been impaling
he/she/it has been impaling
we have been impaling
you have been impaling
they have been impaling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been impaling
you will have been impaling
he/she/it will have been impaling
we will have been impaling
you will have been impaling
they will have been impaling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been impaling
you had been impaling
he/she/it had been impaling
we had been impaling
you had been impaling
they had been impaling
Conditional
I would impale
you would impale
he/she/it would impale
we would impale
you would impale
they would impale
Past Conditional
I would have impaled
you would have impaled
he/she/it would have impaled
we would have impaled
you would have impaled
they would have impaled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.impale - pierce with a sharp stake or pointimpale - pierce with a sharp stake or point; "impale a shrimp on a skewer"
pierce, thrust - penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument
pin - pierce with a pin; "pin down the butterfly"
spear - pierce with a spear; "spear fish"
2.impale - kill by piercing with a spear or sharp pole; "the enemies were impaled and left to die"
kill - cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly; "This man killed several people when he tried to rob a bank"; "The farmer killed a pig for the holidays"

impale

verb pierce, stick, run through, spike, lance, spear, skewer, spit, transfix He died after being impaled on railings.
Translations
يَرفَعُ على الخازوق
napíchnout
spidde
karóba húz
reka í gegn, stinga á tein
pasmeigti
caurdurt
napichnúť
saplamak

impale

[ɪmˈpeɪl] VT (as punishment) → empalar; (on sword, spike) → ensartar, atravesar
to impale o.s. onatravesarse con
the heads of their victims were impaled on spikeslas cabezas de sus víctimas eran ensartadas en postes
he fell, impaling himself on the daggerse cayó y se atravesó con la daga

impale

[ɪmˈpeɪl] vt [+ person] → empaler
to be impaled on a metal spike → s'empaler sur une pointe en métal

impale

vtaufspießen (→ on auf +dat)

impale

[ɪmˈpeɪl] vtimpalare

impale

(imˈpeil) verb
to fix on, or pierce with, a long pointed object such as a spear etc.
References in classic literature ?
The picture represents a Cape-Horner in a great hurricane; the half-foundered ship weltering there with its three dismantled masts alone visible; and an exasperated whale, purposing to spring clean over the craft, is in the enormous act of impaling himself upon the three mast-heads.
He clutched it in an instant, seized the boat-knife, and impaling the letter on it, sent it thus loaded back into the ship.
To this we could only repeat what we had said before: he then proposed to abate five thousand of his last demand, assuring us that unless we came to some agreement, there was no torment so cruel but we should suffer it, and talked of nothing but impaling and flaying us alive; the terror of these threatenings was much increased by his domestics, who told us of many of his cruelties.
From the master upon whose impaling files reams of dusty warrants in Jarndyce and Jarndyce have grimly writhed into many shapes, down to the copying-clerk in the Six Clerks' Office who has copied his tens of thousands of Chancery folio-pages under that eternal heading, no man's nature has been made better by it.
In fact, I came near to impaling myself upon his point for my pains; but right was on my side, and I think that that must give a man greater confidence than though he knew himself to be battling in a wicked cause.
Here was a specimen worth impaling, an original being, a creature of a new type such as never had come within the region of her experience.
If the legislature regards it, it is chiefly to regulate the number of hooks to be used there; but they know nothing about the hook of hooks with which to angle for the pond itself, impaling the legislature for a bait.
Maybe it is set up by the Sultan's orders for the impaling of a horde of Turkish robbers, one by one.
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A WOMAN from Coventry had to be cut free by firefighters after falling from a ladder and impaling her leg on a metal fence.
A TEENAGER is in a serious condition in hospital after impaling his thigh on the handlebars of his bike in a freak accident.