transfix


trans·fix

transitive verb \tran(t)s-ˈfiks\

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

Full Definition of TRANSFIX

1
:  to pierce through with or as if with a pointed weapon :  impale
2
:  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

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