, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Empaled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Empaling.] [OF. empaler to palisade, pierce, F. empaler to punish by empalement; pref. em- (L. in) + OF. & F. pal a pale, stake. See Pale a stake, and cf. Impale.]
[Written also impale.]
1. To fence or fortify with stakes; to surround with a line of stakes for defense; to impale.
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All that dwell near enemies empale villages, to save themselves from surprise.
Sir W. Raleigh.
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2. To inclose; to surround. See Impale.
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3. To put to death by thrusting a sharpened stake through the body.
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4. (Her.) Same as Impale.
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