- 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.
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 through with or as if with something pointed
- to fasten in this manner; impale
- to capture or hold the attention of completely; hold spellbound: transfixed with horror
Origin of transfix; from Classical Latin transfixus, past participle of transfigere, to transfix ; from trans-, trans- + figere, to fix
transitive verbtrans·fixed, trans·fix·ing, trans·fix·es
- To render motionless, as with terror, amazement, or awe: We were transfixed by the beauty of the bird.
- To pierce or impale with a pointed weapon or object.
Origin of transfixLatin trānsfīgere, trānsfīx- : trāns-, trans- + fīgere, to pierce, fasten; see dhīgw- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present transfixes, present participle transfixing, simple past and past participle transfixed)