- Transfix is to pierce with something pointed, or to cause someone to become motionless as they concentrate on someone or something either in a good way or a bad way.
- To pierce a wild animal with a spear is an example of something you transfix.
- A movie you simply cannot look away from and that fascinates and captures your attention is an example of something that transfixes you.
- to pierce through with or as if with something pointed
- to fasten in this manner; impale
- to make motionless, as if impaled: transfixed with horror
Origin: from Classical Latin transfixus, past participle of transfigere, to transfix from trans-, trans- plush figere, to fix
- transfixion noun
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transitive verb trans·fixed, trans·fix·ing, trans·fix·es
- To pierce with or as if with a pointed weapon.
- To fix fast; impale.
- To render motionless, as with terror, amazement, or awe.
Origin: Latin trānsfīgere, trānsfīx- : trāns-, trans- + fīgere, to pierce, fasten; see dhīgw- in Indo-European roots.
- trans·fixˈion noun