- to make or hold motionless with amazement, awe, terror, etc.
- to pierce through with or as if with a pointed weapon; impale.
- to hold or fasten with or on something that pierces.
Origin of transfix
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Examples from the Web for transfix
Miraculously, Malala survived, and her courage, wisdom, and optimism have continued to transfix and inspire the world.Promoting Girls’ Education Isn’t Enough: Malala Can Do More
December 9, 2014
Something in her expression seemed to transfix and bind him.
The sight of the two men together seemed to transfix her with horror.Lover or Friend
Rosa Nouchette Carey
What spear can transfix the dragon of passion which rages here?The Bride of the Nile, Complete
The scream that he uttered seemed to transfix Joel with horror.Joel: A Boy of Galilee
Annie Fellows Johnston
Something must be devised to transfix him with the dignity of marriage.The Early Life and Adventures of Sylvia Scarlett
- to render motionless, esp with horror or shock
- to impale or fix with a sharp weapon or other device
- med to cut through (a limb or other organ), as in amputation
Word Origin and History for transfix
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.