Impalement



[im-peyl] /ɪmˈpeɪl/

verb (used with object), impaled, impaling.
1.
to fasten, stick, or fix upon a sharpened stake or the like.
2.
to pierce with a sharpened stake thrust up through the body, as for torture or punishment.
3.
to fix upon, or pierce through with, anything pointed.
4.
to make helpless as if pierced through.
5.
Archaic. to enclose with or as if with pales or stakes; fence in; hem in.
6.
Heraldry.

/ɪmˈpeɪl/
verb (transitive)
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) to charge (a shield) with two coats of arms placed side by side
n.

1590s, from French empalement, from empaler (see impale).
v.

1520s, “to enclose with stakes, fence in,” from Middle French empaler and directly from Medieval Latin impalare “to push onto a stake,” from assimilated form of in- “into, in” (see in- (2)) + Latin palus “a stake, prop, stay; wooden post, pole,” from PIE *pak-slo-, from root *pag-/*pak- “to fasten” (see pact). Sense of “pierce with a pointed stake” (as torture or punishment) first recorded 1610s. Related: Impaled; impaling.

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