im·pale (ĭm-pāl) also em·pale (ĕm-)
tr.v. im·paled, im·pal·ing, im·pales also em·paled or em·pal·ing or em·pales
1. To pierce with a sharp stake or point.
2. To torture or kill by impaling.
[Medieval Latin impālāre : Latin in-, in; see IN-2 + Latin pālus, stake; see pag- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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