Definition of impale in English:


Line breaks: im¦pale
Pronunciation: /ɪmˈpeɪl


[with object]
  • 2 Heraldry Display (a coat of arms) side by side with another on the same shield, separated by a vertical line: (as adjective impaled) the impaled arms of her husband and her father
  • 2.1(Of a coat of arms) adjoin (another coat of arms) on the same shield: the arms of the order are impaling those of the sovereign
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    • In heraldic language, the arms of the two families are joined after a marriage, as demonstrated by the arms of Cadwalader on the left impaling those of the Lloyd family of Maryland on the right.
    • What is equally clear, however, is that the arms as engraved are not impaling his wife's, nor do they include his baronial coronet or the Garter badge, both of which he had been entitled to since 1572.
    • In 1599 he applied to impale his arms with those of his wife's family.



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  • Death by impalement involved piercing the victim with one end of a sharp stake, planting the other end in the ground, and leaving the person, at gravity's mercy, to sink further down into the spear.
  • A more satisfactory ending for the character might have been impalement from giant stalactite.
  • But if you do not return in seven days, then your lord will be sentenced to impalement.


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  • Vlad Tepez, the real Dracula and true impaler, could not have done a finer job.


mid 16th century (in the sense 'enclose with stakes or pales'): from French empaler or medieval Latin impalare, from Latin in- 'in' + palus 'a stake'.

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