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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With the world transfixed by the plight of a boys soccer team trapped for more than a week without food inside a dark Thailand cave complex, Tesla’s Elon Musk had an idea. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "Thai cave rescue: Elon Musk's kid-sized submarine prompts jeers, praise," 10 July 2018 The collision and disaster involving the Sanchi, which carried 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis, had transfixed an Iran still reeling from days of protests and unrest that swept the country at the start of the year. Washington Post, "World Digest: Jan. 14, 2018," 14 Jan. 2018 Only a few hundred racists marched in Charlottesville, but that was enough to transfix the attention of the whole nation. WSJ, "The Paradox of American Anti-Semitism," 2 Nov. 2018 He certainly was transfixed - just like the rest of the country. Isaac Stanley-becker,, "Jerry Seinfeld on Roseanne Barr: 'Why would you murder someone who's committing suicide?'," 27 June 2018 When you’re transfixed by those whirling torsos and flying feet, everything else tends to drain from your consciousness. Don Aucoin,, "‘On Your Feet!’: A fast-moving formula for fun," 19 Apr. 2018 Prince William and Duchess Kate are always in the public eye, but thanks to royal baby number two, the world has been especially transfixed with the couple over the last nine months. Lauren Piro, Good Housekeeping, "Will and Kate's Next Move? To the Country!," 5 May 2015 Fellig was transfixed by the camera, the plate, the processing and the picture of himself. Sarah Boxer, New York Times, "Weegee the Famous: The Master of Down-and-Dirty Street Photography," 1 June 2018 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

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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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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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