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  1. im·pale
    IPA[imˈpāl]
  2. verb

    • 1. pierce or transfix with a sharp instrument:

      his head was impaled on a pike and exhibited for all to see
    • 2. display (a coat of arms) side by side with another on the same shield, separated by a vertical line:

      the impaled arms of her husband and her father
    • 3. (of a coat of arms) adjoin (another coat of arms) on the same shield:

      the arms of the order are impaling those of the sovereign
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: impale, 3rd person present: impales, gerund or present participle: impaling, past tense: impaled, past participle: impaled

    • verb

      transfix or pierce with a sharp instrument:

      display (a coat of arms) side by side with another on the same shield, separated by a vertical line:

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