- 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 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 tr&amacron;nsf&imacron;gere, tr&amacron;nsf&imacron;x- : tr&amacron;ns-, trans- + f&imacron;gere, to pierce, fasten; see dh&imacron;gw- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present transfixes, present participle transfixing, simple past and past participle transfixed)