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 But the defensive pride and haunted solitude of the outsider who believes his appearance means that no woman could ever love him cuts deep in a transfixing performance from Peter Dinklage, bristling with humor, pathos and fierce magnetism. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Cyrano': Theater Review," 8 Nov. 2019 Just outside a Hong Kong subway station, dozens are gathered around a projector screen, transfixed. Time, "Hong Kong's Summer of Unrest Has Been Drawing Inspiration From Ukraine's Winter on Fire," 24 Sep. 2019 The sculpture is discomfiting in a way that a Van Gogh painting of a Brothers Grimm fairy tale would be discomfiting — intense, vibrant, mildly anxiety-inducing, somewhat bewildering, bordering on the hallucinatory, and inescapably transfixing. Daniel Ross Goodman, National Review, "The Haunting Magic of Maurice Sendak," 21 Sep. 2019 Medvedev, who was cast as the villain for much of this year's tournament, was equally transfixed by the montage. Ben Church And Don Riddell, CNN, "Rafael Nadal reduced to tears after winning 'unforgettable' US Open title," 9 Sep. 2019 Who among us isn’t transfixed by a sordid true crime tale? Jennifer Latson,, "In ‘Savage Appetites,’ cracking four cases of the true-crime obsessed," 29 Aug. 2019 But for 11 days, they are transfixed by Vegas’ siren of hope. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Chasing the dream at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas," 15 July 2019 Totally transfixed and didn’t care at all about what was happening around them. Rachel Desantis,, "Miley Cyrus and Kaitlynn Carter Embrace During Date in L.A. After PDA-Filled NYFW Trip," 15 Sep. 2019 These falsehoods infect not just the guilty’s kids, but also parents and students across the country who are transfixed by the whole sordid affair. Ned Johnson, Washington Post, "College admissions scandal: Even if you could give your kid everything, should you?," 17 Sep. 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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19 Nov 2019

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The first known use of transfix was in 1590

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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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