What does empale mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term empale:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. transfix, impale, empale, spike(verb)

    pierce with a sharp stake or point

    "impale a shrimp on a skewer"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Empale(v.a.)

    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.

  2. Origin: empaler, French.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Empale(verb)

    to make pale

  2. Empale(verb)

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

  3. Empale(verb)

    to inclose; to surround. See Impale

  4. Empale(verb)

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

  5. Empale(verb)

    same as Impale

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

Matched Categories


  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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