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Impale (third-person singular simple present Impales, present participle impaling, simple past and past participle impaled)

  1. to pierce with a pale; to put to death by fixing on a sharp stake.
  2. more generally, to pierce (something) with any long, pointed object.


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  • (RP, US) IPA: /ɪmˈpeɪl/
  • Rhymes: -eɪl