trans·fix | \tran(t)s-ˈfiks \
transfixed; transfixing; transfixes

Definition of transfix 

transitive verb

1 : to hold motionless by or as if by piercing he stood transfixed by her gaze

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

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Other Words from transfix

transfixion \tran(t)s-ˈfik-shən \ noun

Examples of transfix in a Sentence

transfixed the inanimate butterfly specimens to the collection board

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In rehearsal, Alexander, playing George as being transfixed on his personal peep show, improvised throwing a box of Tic Tacs at her. Marc Freeman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Seinfeld' Finale at 20: Hidden Tales From the Vault of a Comedian's Bizarro World," 13 May 2018 Fans were transfixed by their elaborate light shows on stage. Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: Wisconsin garage band formed by teens in 1965 is still rockin' and looking back," 30 Mar. 2018 The Latvian accusation is the latest twist in a scandal that’s transfixed the European Union and NATO member nation of 2 million inhabitants that abuts Russia., "Latvia Signals Russia May Be Interfering in Banking Crisis," 20 Feb. 2018 But as of this weekend, the internet is transfixed on his most recent addition: A special-someone's eyes inked on his chest. Samantha Sasso,, "Confirmed: Zayn Malik's Buzziest Tattoo Is A Tribute To Gigi Hadid," 5 July 2018 As Mexicans prepare to cast ballots Sunday in an election dominated by anger over endemic violence and corruption, few voters are talking about the wave of Central American migrants that has transfixed the American public in recent days. José De Córdoba, WSJ, "Migrants Aren’t an Issue in Mexico’s Presidential Campaign," 26 June 2018 Gavi The quest to convince people not to fear a lifesaving vaccine is underway in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where an ongoing outbreak of the Ebola virus has transfixed the global health community. Julia Belluz, Vox, "The success of the new Ebola vaccine will hinge on trust," 24 May 2018 Either way, Friday's decision represents a major milestone in a political and legal saga that has transfixed South Korea since late 2015. Matt Stiles,, "Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye is sentenced to 24 years in prison," 6 Apr. 2018 Strip-club newcomers were transfixed, tucking bills into her thong. Frances Stead Sellers,, "Stormy Daniels to visit Washington this week — for a strip-club show," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of transfix

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for transfix

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

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The first known use of transfix was in 1590

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English Language Learners Definition of transfix

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


trans·fix | \trans-ˈfiks \
transfixed; transfixing

Kids Definition of transfix

: 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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