When President Obama finally came off the Vineyard and spoke out on the trauma that has transfixed America, he looked exhausted.
For two years, Israel had been transfixed by the case of missing Yoselle Schumacher.
But I was transfixed: by the energy—by the light—emanating from this 71-year-old black woman.
But when the clapping stopped, almost everyone in the auditorium remained standing, transfixed by Lana in particular.
Back in 2008, when I was working in the Bush White House, I was transfixed to every single encounter between the candidates.
My arrow went through half its length and transfixed a paw that dangled behind.
She has that curious, transfixed feeling, as though when she moved she was in a dream.
But this was mechanical merely; what held her, what transfixed her, was Walter's own countenance.
In the middle of the composition a bestiarius has transfixed a bear with a stroke of his lance.
In the figure just quoted the artist has represented the insect as transfixed in this way.
1580s, "pierce through, impale," from Middle French transfixer, from Latin transfixus "impaled," past participle of transfigere "to impale, pierce through," from trans- "through" (see trans-) + figere "to fix, fasten" (see fix (v.)). Figurative sense of "make motionless or helpless, as with amazement, terror, or grief" is first recorded 1640s. Related: Transfixed; transfixing.