transfix

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verb trans·fix \tran(t)s-ˈfiks\

Definition of transfix

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to pierce through with or as if with a pointed weapon :  impale

  3. 2 :  to hold motionless by or as if by piercing <he stood transfixed by her gaze>

transfixion

play \-ˈfik-shən\ noun

Examples of transfix in a sentence

  1. <transfixed the inanimate butterfly specimens to the collection board>

Origin and Etymology of transfix

Latin transfixus, past participle of transfigere, from trans- + figere to fasten, pierce — more at fix


First Known Use: 1590


TRANSFIX Defined for English Language Learners

transfix

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verb trans·fix \tran(t)s-ˈfiks\

Definition of transfix for English Language Learners

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


TRANSFIX Defined for Kids

transfix

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verb trans·fix \trans-ˈfiks\

Definition of transfix for Students

transfixed

transfixing

  1. :  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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