impale (v.) 1520s, "to enclose with stakes, fence in," from M.Fr. empaler and directly from M.L. impalare "to push onto a stake," from assimilated form of in- "into, in" (see IN- (Cf. in-) (2)) + L. palus "a stake, prop, stay; wooden post, pole," from PIE *pak-slo-, from root *pag-/*pak- "to fasten" (see PACT (Cf. pact)). Sense of "pierce with a pointed stake" (as torture or punishment) first recorded 1610s. Related: Impaled; impaling.

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  • impale — index enter (penetrate), lancinate, penetrate, pierce (lance) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • impale — [v] stab lance, perforate, pierce, prick, punch, puncture, run through, skewer, skiver, spear, spike, stick, transfix; concept 220 …   New thesaurus

  • impale — ► VERB ▪ transfix or pierce with a sharp instrument. DERIVATIVES impalement noun impaler noun. ORIGIN Latin impalare, from palus a stake …   English terms dictionary

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  • impale — Empale Em*pale , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Empaled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Empaling}.] [OF. empaler to palisade, pierce, F. empaler to punish by empalement; pref. em (L. in) + OF. & F. pal a pale, stake. See {Pale} a stake, and cf. {Impale}.] [Written also …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • impale — v. (D; tr.) to impale on, upon (the driver was thrown from the car and impaled on a fence) * * * [ɪm peɪl] (D; tr.) to impale on. upon (the driver was thrown from the car and impaled on a fence) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • impale — [[t]ɪmpe͟ɪl[/t]] impales, impaling, impaled VERB To impale something on a pointed object means to cause the point to go into it or through it. [V n on n] Researchers observed one bird impale a rodent on a cactus... [V n on n] Lenny swayed for a… …   English dictionary

  • impale — UK [ɪmˈpeɪl] / US verb [transitive] Word forms impale : present tense I/you/we/they impale he/she/it impales present participle impaling past tense impaled past participle impaled to push a pointed object through someone or something …   English dictionary

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