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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"

  2. impale, stakeverb

    kill by piercing with a spear or sharp pole

    "the enemies were impaled and left to die"


  1. impaleverb

    to pierce with a pale; to put to death by fixing on a sharp stake.

    Etymology: From impālāre, from palus.

  2. impaleverb

    more generally, to pierce (something) with any long, pointed object.

    Etymology: From impālāre, from palus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Impaleverb

    to pierce with a pale; to put to death by fixing on a sharp stake. See Empale

    Etymology: [See 2d Empale.]

  2. Impaleverb

    to inclose, as with pales or stakes; to surround

    Etymology: [See 2d Empale.]

  3. Impaleverb

    to join, as two coats of arms on one shield, palewise; hence, to join in honorable mention

    Etymology: [See 2d Empale.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Impale

    im-pāl′, v.t. to fence in with stakes: to shut in: to put to death by spitting on a stake.—n. Impale′ment, an enclosed space: (her.) the marshalling side by side of two escutcheons combined in one. [Fr. empaler—L. in, in, palus, a stake.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. impale

    In heraldry, to arrange two coats of arms side by side in one shield divided per pale. It is usual thus to exhibit the conjoined coats of husband and wife, the husband’s arms occupying the dexter, or right side, and the wife’s the sinister, or left side, of the escutcheon.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of impale in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of impale in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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  • пробода, пронижа, набивам на кол, нанижа, пробождам, нанизвам, пронизвамBulgarian
  • spiddeDanish
  • aufspießenGerman
  • ανασκολοπίζω, καρφώνωGreek
  • empalarSpanish
  • keihästää, seivästääFinnish
  • empalerFrench
  • karóba húzHungarian
  • setja á nál, reka í gegn, stjaksetja, stinga á teinIcelandic
  • kōhikuMāori
  • набива, набодуваMacedonian
  • spietsen, doorborenDutch
  • empalarPortuguese
  • посадить на кол, прокалывать, протыкать, проколоть, сажать на кол, пронзить, проткнуть, пронзатьRussian
  • 刺穿Chinese

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    not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight
    • A. occasional
    • B. abrupt
    • C. opaque
    • D. hatched

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