Definition of impalement in US English:



  • See impale

    • ‘A more satisfactory ending for the character might have been impalement from giant stalactite.’
    • ‘Death by impalement involved piercing the victim with one end of a sharp stake, planting the other end in the ground, and leaving the person, at gravity's mercy, to sink further down into the spear.’
    • ‘With a rather spectacular thud, the large man went sprawling, narrowly missing a rather bloody impalement on his own sword.’
    • ‘But if you do not return in seven days, then your lord will be sentenced to impalement.’
    • ‘But at least she could remember now; she slipped on the smoother rock, but hadn't caught herself in enough time to keep from impalement.’