- 1Cause (someone) to become motionless with horror, wonder, or astonishment: he was transfixed by the pain in her face she stared at him, transfixedMore example sentences
- I was transfixed, wondering if the lead singer was male or female.
- At night I am transfixed by the gentle motion of the great hull accompanied by the hypnotic creaking of richly-grained wood.
- We were transfixed, and used to wonder whether all the women in England were like that.
- 2Pierce with a sharp implement or weapon: a field mouse is transfixed by the curved talons of an owlMore example sentences
- Alas for poor Bill, more arrows would soon pierce him than transfixed Saint Sebastian.
- Plunging from his cheetah-drawn chariot, Bacchus looses arrows of longing from his eyes at Ariadne, and transfixes her in mid-flight.
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- This has been an historic decade in the development of the cinema, a breathlessly wonderful time of captivation and transfixion brought forth from the glories of the moving picture.
- His comment was so random it shook me from my transfixion.
- The girl watched in both horror and transfixion.
late 16th century (in sense 2): from Latin transfix- 'pierced through', from the verb transfigere, from trans- 'across' + figere 'fix, fasten'.