trans·​fix | \ tran(t)s-ˈfiks How to pronounce transfix (audio) \
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 How to pronounce transfixion (audio) \ noun

Examples of transfix in a Sentence

transfixed the inanimate butterfly specimens to the collection board
Recent Examples on the Web Just months later, school administrators, parents and politicians raised alarms about the rapid rise of vaping among high schoolers, who were particularly transfixed with the Juul device. NBC News, "FDA targets e-cigs that hook teens but don't help smokers quit," 19 Dec. 2019 In 2005, with the college football world transfixed on USC taking a run at three straight national titles with running back Reggie Bush and quarterback Matt Leinart, Young was being promoted by Texas as both Trojans stars rolled into one. Arkansas Online, "Young, McFadden, White head to Hall of Fame without Heismans," 10 Dec. 2019 Emerging accounts of Ghosn’s escape while under near round-the-clock surveillance have transfixed the business world. Matthew Campbell, Fortune, "Carlos Ghosn Seeks to Settle Scores in Press Conference After Escaping Japan," 8 Jan. 2020 Producers also turned their gaze toward people who transfixed the country pre-Internet: Tupac and Biggie, Dolly Parton, and Mr. Rogers, to name just a few. Laura Jane Standley, The Atlantic, "The 50 Best Podcasts of 2019," 27 Dec. 2019 What it should be remembered for, though, is being an utterly transfixing love story between a woman and a fish that ended up being the most effective film of 2017. Wired Staff, Wired, "The 24 Absolute Best Movies of the 2010s," 26 Dec. 2019 The strange turn of events baffled police and transfixed armchair crime-watchers who accused Papini of fabricating the abduction. Christine Pelisek,, "Sherri Papini Investigation Still Open More Than 3 Years After Calif. Mom's Alleged Abduction," 24 Dec. 2019 On Wednesday — with Washington transfixed on the House impeachment inquiry — North Korea significantly raised the stakes, making an implicit threat to resume long-range missile or nuclear tests. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "North Korea threatens military escalation as clock ticks on year-end deadline," 14 Nov. 2019 Among the major events that transfixed young Tinder users in India, the 2019 Cricket World Cup, the 2019 general elections, and Indian space exploration seem to have been the most captivating. Sanaya Chandar, Quartz India, "From equality to climate change, India’s Gen Z is all about dating with a cause on Tinder," 4 Dec. 2019

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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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12 Feb 2020

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“Transfix.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of transfix

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


trans·​fix | \ trans-ˈfiks How to pronounce transfix (audio) \
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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