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transfix

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transitive verb trans·fix \tran(t)s-ˈfiks\

Simple Definition of transfix

  • : to cause someone to sit or stand without moving because of surprise, shock, interest, etc.

Full Definition of transfix

  1. 1 :  to pierce through with or as if with a pointed weapon :  impale

  2. 2 :  to hold motionless by or as if by piercing <he stood transfixed by her gaze>

trans·fix·ion play \-ˈfik-shən\ noun

Examples of transfix

  1. <transfixed the inanimate butterfly specimens to the collection board>



Origin of transfix

Latin transfixus, past participle of transfigere, from trans- + figere to fasten, pierce — more at fix


First Known Use: 1590


TRANSFIX Defined for Kids

transfix

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verb trans·fix \trans-ˈfiks\

Definition of transfix

trans·fixedtrans·fix·ing

  1. :  to hold motionless by or as if by piercing through with a pointed weapon <They were all transfixed by the Trivium's soothing voice … — Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth>





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