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tr.v. trans·fixed, trans·fix·ing, trans·fix·es
1. To render motionless, as with terror, amazement, or awe: We were transfixed by the beauty of the bird.
2. To pierce or impale with a pointed weapon or object.

[Latin trānsfīgere, trānsfīx- : trāns-, trans- + fīgere, to pierce, fasten; see dhīgw- in Indo-European roots.]

trans·fix′ion (-fĭk′shən) n.


rendered motionless, esp from horror or shock
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Adj.1.transfixed - having your attention fixated as though by a spelltransfixed - having your attention fixated as though by a spell
enchanted - influenced as by charms or incantations


[trænsˈfɪkst] adjpétrifié(e)
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At last, when the ship drew near to the outskirts, as it were, of the Equatorial fishing-ground, and in the deep darkness that goes before the dawn, was sailing by a cluster of rocky islets; the watch --then headed by Flask --was startled by a cry so plaintively wild and unearthly --like half-articulated wailings of the ghosts of all Herod's murdered Innocents --that one and all, they started from their reveries, and for the space of some moments stood, or sat, or leaned all transfixedly listening, like the carved Roman slave, while that wild cry remained within hearing.
The scene seems irresistible, as the children, "Warm in their mantles wrapt," listen transfixedly to their mother's tale (III.
Meantime, Thoreau would beatifically marvel over a striped snake, would transfixedly watch languidly circling hawks for the embodiment of his intimate thoughts amongst the clouds, could easily enter amiable, rewarding physical closeness with the sunfish or the bream (suffering them to nibble his fingers harmlessly), and would quite routinely invite a wild-mouse to run along his arm and sit in the palm of his hand.