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impale (verb) pierce.
You impale a thing when you pierce it, that is, when you pass a sharp pointed object like a spear through it. A person is impaled if they are pierced by a sharp object like a spear or a dagger. 'The soldier was impaled as a spear from the enemy impaled his body.' This means that the enemy’s spear pierced him and caused his death. Impaling a piece of meat is to pierce it with a fork.
- Nelson died a horrible death as he fell on the sharp railings below and was impaled.
- The child offered as a sacrifice to the tribal deity was impaled on the sharp point of a spear stuck in the ground.