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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transfixion \ tran(t)s-​ˈfik-​shən How to pronounce transfix (audio) \ noun

Examples of transfix in a Sentence

transfixed the inanimate butterfly specimens to the collection board
Recent Examples on the Web Undoubtedly one of the best movies of 2020, Lovers Rock is crafted directly from McQueen’s childhood and will transfix you with its evocative vibes. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, "The Story Behind the Music of 'Small Axe: Lovers Rock'," 28 Nov. 2020 The world is transfixed by the novel coronavirus outbreak spreading around the globe. Liz Specht, Wired, "Modernizing Meat Production Will Help Us Avoid Pandemics," 13 Mar. 2020 Young Alexei was transfixed by aviation from an early age and also studied art. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Alexei Leonov, Soviet cosmonaut and first person to walk in space, dies at 85," 12 Oct. 2019 What, a reporter wondered, was Baker’s biggest concern in taking the Houston Astros managerial job — one left vacant by an electronic sign-stealing scandal that’s transfixed the sport. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Dusty Baker: Replacing Gerrit Cole's 'spot of excellence' is Astros' biggest concern," 30 Jan. 2020 After a delay to allow the FBI probe, Judge Kavanaugh cleared his biggest hurdle Friday, when Sen. Susan Collins of Maine delivered the key 50th expected GOP vote for his confirmation in a floor speech that transfixed the chamber. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "Senate Votes to Confirm Kavanaugh to Supreme Court," 6 Oct. 2018 The jacket, a ’60s-style number with ostentatious fringe on the front, sides and sleeves, transfixes Georges and then unhinges him. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Deerskin’ is an entrancingly warped love story between a man and his jacket," 30 Apr. 2020 The investigation transfixed the state and became national news. oregonlive, "Infamous Ward Weaver property will transform into a place for help, comfort run by church coalition," 14 Mar. 2020 Carlos Ghosn has spent more than a year trapped in a Japanese legal odyssey that’s transfixed the automotive world and thrown his life into chaos. Brian Bremner, Fortune, "“Names? You know them.” From Lebanon, Carlos Ghosn Prepares To Settle Scores," 2 Jan. 2020

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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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2 Dec 2020

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“Transfix.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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