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

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

Full Definition of TRANSFIX

:  to pierce through with or as if with a pointed weapon :  impale
:  to hold motionless by or as if by piercing <he stood transfixed by her gaze>
trans·fix·ion \-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


verb trans·fix \trans-ˈfiks\

Definition of TRANSFIX for Kids

:  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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