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- (transitive) To render motionless, by arousing terror, amazement or awe.
- 1963, Margery Allingham, “Foreword”, in The China Governess:
- He stood transfixed before the unaccustomed view of London at night time, a vast panorama which reminded him […] of some wood engravings far off and magical, in a printshop in his childhood. They dated from the previous century and were coarsely printed on tinted paper, with tinsel outlining the design.
- 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.
- (transitive) To pierce with a sharp pointed weapon.
- 1817 December, Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Revolt of Islam. […]”, in [Mary] Shelley, editor, The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley. […], volume I, London: Edward Moxon […], published 1839, OCLC 1000449192, page 237:
- The spear transfixed my arm that was uplifted
In swift expostulation, and the blood
Gushed round its point: I smiled, […]
- 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.
- (transitive) To fix or impale.
to render motionless, by arousing terror, amazement or awe
to pierce with a sharp pointed weapon
to fix or impale
transfix (plural transfixes)