impale
Pronunciation
  • (RP, America) IPA: /ɪmˈpeɪl/
Verb

impale (impales, present participle impaling; past and past participle impaled)

  1. (transitive) To pierce (something) with any long#Adjective|long, pointed#Adjective|pointed object.
  2. (transitive, heraldry) To place#Verb|place two coats of arms side by side on the same shield#Noun|shield (often those of two spouses upon marriage).
  3. (ambitransitive) To pierce with a pale#Noun|pale; to put to death by fix#Verb|fixing on a sharp stake#Noun|stake.
  4. (ambitransitive) To enclose or fence#Verb|fence with stakes.
    • 1624, John Smith, “The Present Estate of New-Plimoth”, in John Smith, The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles: […], London: Printed by I[ohn] D[awson] and I[ohn] H[aviland] for Michael Sparkes, OCLC 1049014009 ↗, book 6; republished as The Generall Historie of Virginia, [...], London: Printed by I[ohn] D[awson] and I[ohn] H[aviland] for Edward Blackmore, 1632, OCLC 55196040 ↗, page 247 ↗:
      [T]he Towne is impailed about halfe a mile compaſſe.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • French: empaler
  • German: aufspießen
  • Russian: протыка́ть



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