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Princeton's WordNet

  1. transfix, impale, empale, spikeverb

    pierce with a sharp stake or point

    "impale a shrimp on a skewer"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Empaleverb

    Etymology: empaler, French.

    How happy’s he, which hath due place assign’d
    T’ his beasts, and disaforested his mind?
    Empal’d himself to keep them out, not in;
    Can sow, and dares trust corn, where they have been. John Donne.

    All that dwell near enemies empale villages, to save themselves from surprize. Walter Raleigh, Essays.

    The English empaled themselves with their pikes, and therewith bare off their enemies. John Hayward.

    Keep yourselves in breath,
    And when I have the bloody Hector found,
    Empale him with your weapons round about. William Shakespeare.

    They have empal’d within a zodiack
    The free-born sun, and keep twelve signs awake
    To watch his steps; the Goat and Crab controul
    And fright him back. John Donne.

    Thank my charms,
    I now empale her in my arms. John Cleveland.

    Impenetrable, empal’d with circling fire,
    Yet unconsum’d. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ii. l. 647.

    Who can bear this, resolve to be empal’d?
    His skin flead off, and roasted yet alive? Thomas Southerne, Oroonok.

    Let them each be broken on the rack;
    Then, with what life remains, empal’d, and left
    To writhe at leisure round the bloody stake. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Nay, I don’t believe they will be contented with hanging; they talk of empaling, or breaking on the wheel. Arbuthnot.


  1. empale

    To empale typically means to pierce through with a sharp stake or point, often used in the context of historical battles or hunting. However, it can also figuratively mean to cause intense distress or discomfort. Sometimes, it can be spelled as "impale."

Webster Dictionary

  1. Empaleverb

    to make pale

  2. Empaleverb

    to fence or fortify with stakes; to surround with a line of stakes for defense; to impale

  3. Empaleverb

    to inclose; to surround. See Impale

  4. Empaleverb

    to put to death by thrusting a sharpened stake through the body

  5. Empaleverb

    same as Impale

  6. Etymology: [Pref. em- (L. in) + pale: cf. OF. empalir.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of empale in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of empale in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7


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