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

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The high school-centric drama experiments with taboo plot lines (at the least) and truly uncomfortable scenarios between minors (at the most), and the songs in the show are equally transfixing and unnerving. Morgan Baila,, "The Euphoria Soundtrack Is Chaotic In The Best Way — Listen Here," 25 June 2019 But when a box with a haredi man’s suit is left on his porch, Eli—transfixed—begins wearing it; the story ends with him being dragged off to a mental hospital. Peter Beinart, The Atlantic, "Unpacking the Immense Popularity of Shtisel," 20 June 2019 The radical, unyielding intensity of Hackshaw and Gonzalez’s transfixed twin gaze does not conceive of being looked at. The New York Review of Books, "Esther Allen," 15 June 2019 Reiwa—followed a national guessing game and had the country transfixed just before noon on a sunny spring day. Peter Landers, WSJ, "Japan Chooses Reiwa as Era Name for Next Emperor," 1 Apr. 2019 The remaining members of our favorite Demogorgon fighting gang appear to be transfixed by fireworks overhead, but Eleven and Will Byers are both looking back, seemingly concerned by what's lurking in the darkness. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Netflix Confirmed a Season Three Premiere Date for "Stranger Things"," 1 Jan. 2019 On 9/11, Stephen Feuerman saw the World Trade Center aflame through the window of his Empire State Building office and watched, transfixed, as a second fireball burst from the twin towers. Jennifer Peltz, Fox News, "'Wake-up call': 9/11 prompted some to move away to new lives," 10 Sep. 2018 He was captured after a manhunt that transfixed the region and forced a nearby school into a lockdown, said Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. Moriah Balingit, Washington Post, "‘A horrific, horrific day’: At least 17 killed in Florida school shooting," 6 Mar. 2018 He was captured after a manhunt that transfixed the region and forced a nearby school into a lockdown, said Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. Houston Chronicle, "17 killed in shooting at south Florida high school," 14 Feb. 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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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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