- 1impale something (on something) to push a sharp pointed object through something synonym spear She impaled a lump of meat on her fork.
- 2impale somebody/yourself on something if you impale yourself on something, or are impaled on it, you have a sharp pointed object pushed into you and you may be caught somewhere by it He had fallen and been impaled on some iron railings. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘enclose with stakes’): from French empaler or medieval Latin impalare, from Latin in-
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpeɪl//; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpeɪl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they impale
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpeɪl//; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpeɪl//he / she / it impales
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpeɪlz//; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpeɪlz//past simple impaled
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpeɪld//; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpeɪld//past participle impaled
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpeɪld//; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpeɪld//-ing form impaling
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpeɪlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpeɪlɪŋ//