verb (used with object), trans·fixed or trans·fixt, trans·fix·ing.
Origin of transfix
Examples from the Web for transfixing
A new exhibit looks back at his rise to fame in all its messy, transfixing glory.
Iago is such a transfixing portrait of evil exactly because his motives are forever murky.Senseless. Evil. Silver Linings. Our Misguided Terms of Terror.|William Giraldi|April 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The scene is a masterpiece of storytelling, transfixing and indelible.American Nightmare: Ralph Ellison’s ‘Invisible Man’ at 60|Nathaniel Rich|June 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The video is transfixing—and worth a good laugh, as Cain himself recognized.
Its point penetrated the scales of the swimmer below, transfixing that lazy fish completely.The Mad Planet|Murray Leinster
An arrow so transfixing a body may make it quiver—but this is another matter.
The lady, after transfixing the daring actor with one steely glance, looked at her daughter.Pretty Geraldine, the New York Salesgirl|Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller
He hated me, this Englishman, because I had been before him in transfixing the animal.The Adventures of Gerard|Arthur Conan Doyle
Enoch inquired, in the tone of a connoisseur, transfixing Amberley with his shrewd eyes.Peak and Prairie|Anna Fuller
British Dictionary definitions for transfixing
verb -fixes, -fixing, -fixed or -fixt (tr)
Word Origin for transfix
Word Origin and History for transfixing
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.