Im*pale"ment (?), n.
The act of impaling, or the state of being impaled.
An inclosing by stakes or pales, or the space so inclosed.
That which hedges in; inclosure.
The division of a shield palewise, or by a vertical line, esp. for the purpose of putting side by side the arms of husband and wife. See Impale, 3.
© Webster 1913.