impalement
noun see impale

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • IMPALEMENT — IMPALEMENT, method of execution employed in the Ancient Near East, whereby a living body was pierced between the legs or in the solar plexus by being thrust upon a spike fixed on the ground. The Code of Hammurabi (§153, in Pritchard, Texts, 172)… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Impalement — Im*pale ment, n. 1. The act of impaling, or the state of being impaled. Byron. [1913 Webster] 2. An inclosing by stakes or pales, or the space so inclosed. H. Brooke. [1913 Webster] 3. That which hedges in; inclosure. [R.] Milton. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • impalement — (n.) 1590s, from Fr. empalement, from empaler (see IMPALE (Cf. impale)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Impalement — For other uses, see Impale (disambiguation). Vertical impalement Impalement is the traumatic penetration of an organism by an elongated foreign object such as a stake, pole, or spear, and this usually implies complete perforation of the central… …   Wikipedia

  • impalement — Empalement Em*pale ment, n. [Cf. F. empalement, fr. empaler. See {Empale}.] [Written also {impalement}.] 1. A fencing, inclosing, or fortifying with stakes. [1913 Webster] 2. A putting to death by thrusting a sharpened stake through the body.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • impalement — impale ► VERB ▪ transfix or pierce with a sharp instrument. DERIVATIVES impalement noun impaler noun. ORIGIN Latin impalare, from palus a stake …   English terms dictionary

  • impalement — See impale. * * * …   Universalium

  • impalement — noun a) The act of torturing or executing someone by impaling them on a sharp stake. b) The joining of two coats of arms on one shield …   Wiktionary

  • impalement — n. state of being pinned down; act of stabbing with a sharp object …   English contemporary dictionary

  • impalement — im·pale·ment …   English syllables

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