transfix

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verb trans·fix \ tran(t)s-ˈfiks \

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

transfixion

play \-ˈfik-shən\ noun

Examples of transfix in a Sentence

  1. transfixed the inanimate butterfly specimens to the collection board

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Origin and Etymology of transfix

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


TRANSFIX Defined for English Language Learners

transfix

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verb

Definition of transfix for English Language Learners

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


TRANSFIX Defined for Kids

transfix

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verb trans·fix \ trans-ˈfiks \

Definition of transfix for Students

transfixed; transfixing
: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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