transfix (transfixes, present participle transfixing; past and past participle transfixed)

  1. (transitive) To render motionless, by arousing terror, amazement or awe.
    • 1973, Norman Mailer, Marilyn: A Biography - p. 45.
      But we may as well accept her story as true, for it is likely she would have been transfixed by the narcissism of the weight lifters.
  2. (transitive) To pierce with a sharp pointed weapon.
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, chapter 52
      There was a little stream that ran not far away, in which he bathed, and down this on occasion would come a shoal of fish. Then the natives would assemble with spears, and with much shouting would transfix the great startled things as they hurried down to the sea.
  3. (transitive) To fix or impale.
Related terms Translations
  • Russian: пронза́ть

transfix (plural transfixes)

  1. (linguistics) A discontinuous affix, which occurs at more than one position in a word, typical of Semitic languages.

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