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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 im·pale /ɪmˈpe(ə)l/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Em·pale, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Empaled p. pr. & vb. n. Empaling.]  [Written also impale.]
 1. To fence or fortify with stakes; to surround with a line of stakes for defense; to impale.
    All that dwell near enemies empale villages, to save themselves from surprise.   --Sir W. Raleigh.
 2. To inclose; to surround. See Impale.
 3. To put to death by thrusting a sharpened stake through the body.
 4. Her. Same as Impale.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Im·pale v. t. [imp. & p. p. Impaled p. pr. & vb. n. Impaling.]
 1. To pierce with a pale; to put to death by fixing on a sharp stake. See Empale.
 Then with what life remains, impaled, and left
 To writhe at leisure round the bloody stake.   --Addison.
 2. To inclose, as with pales or stakes; to surround.
    Impale him with your weapons round about.   --Shak.
    Impenetrable, impaled with circling fire.   --Milton.
 3. Her. To join, as two coats of arms on one shield, palewise; hence, to join in honorable mention.
    Ordered the admission of St. Patrick to the same to be matched and impaled with the blessed Virgin in the honor thereof.   --Fuller.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: pierce with a sharp stake or point; "impale a shrimp on a
           skewer" [syn: transfix, empale, spike]
      2: kill by piercing with a spear or sharp pole; "the enemies
         were impaled and left to die" [syn: stake]