The verb impale means to pierce an object with a sharp stick. When you're preparing shish kebabs, you impale chunks of marinated vegetables and meat on pointy metal skewers and then cook them on a grill.

Impale comes from the Medieval Latin word impalare, which means "to push onto a stake." Impale can also mean to kill by piercing with a stake or spear. Legend has it that the only way to kill a vampire is to do exactly that: impale him with a wooden stake through the heart — and then stuff his mouth with garlic and chop off his head, too, just to be sure.

Definitions of impale

v pierce with a sharp stake or point

impale a shrimp on a skewer”
empale, spike, transfix
pierce with a pin
pierce with a spear
skewer, spit
drive a skewer through
Type of:
pierce, thrust
penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument

v kill by piercing with a spear or sharp pole

“the enemies were impaled and left to die”
Type of:
cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly

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