transfixed


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trans·fix

 (trăns-fĭks′)
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.

transfixed

(trænsˈfɪkst)
adj
rendered motionless, esp from horror or shock
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
Translations

transfixed

[trænsˈfɪkst] adjpétrifié(e)
References in classic literature ?
"Yes, yes; let us hasten up; it was in Valentine's room." But before the doctor and the father could reach the room, the servants who were on the same floor had entered, and seeing Valentine pale and motionless on her bed, they lifted up their hands towards heaven and stood transfixed, as though struck by lightening.
George had stood like one transfixed, at hearing his doom thus suddenly pronounced by a power that he knew was irresistible.
There was a rustle in the gallery, which nobody noticed; a moment later the church door creaked; the minister raised his streaming eyes above his hand- kerchief, and stood transfixed! First one and then another pair of eyes followed the minister's, and then almost with one impulse the congregation rose and stared while the three dead boys came marching up the aisle, Tom in the lead, Joe next, and Huck, a ruin of drooping rags, sneaking sheepishly in the rear!
Then the wretched rabble of the Isosceles, planless and leaderless, are either transfixed without resistance by the small body of their brethren whom the Chief Circle keeps in pay for emergencies of this kind; or else more often, by means of jealousies and suspicions skilfully fomented among them by the Circular party, they are stirred to mutual warfare, and perish by one another's angles.
On the grass there lay a sable antelope bull-- the most beautiful of all the African antelopes--quite dead, and transfixed by its great curved horns was a magnificent black-maned lion, also dead.
Hurriedly turning, with averted face, he descended into his cabin, leaving the strange captain transfixed at this unconditional and utter rejection of his so earnest suit.
At the corner of the bridge, too, I saw one of the common contrasts of that grotesque time--a sheet of paper flaunting against a thicket of the red weed, transfixed by a stick that kept it in place.
The doctor and Kennedy, pallid with emotion, sat transfixed by this fearful spectacle.
They had rushed past the spot where D'Arnot had been seized when a spear hurled from the jungle transfixed one of the men, and then a volley of arrows fell among them.
One fair-haired invader lay across the gunwale of a boat, the manner of his death told by the arrow that transfixed his breast.
The shield of the Teton was transfixed, but his person was untouched.
The child, who had been long since disturbed by his ravings, rose from its little bed, and ran towards its father, screaming with fright--the mother hastily caught it in her arms, lest he should injure it in the violence of his insanity; but, terrified by the alteration of his features, stood transfixed by the bedside.