from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To pierce with or as if with a pointed weapon.
  • transitive v. To fix fast; impale.
  • transitive v. To render motionless, as with terror, amazement, or awe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A discontinuous affix, which occurs at more than one position in a word, typical of Semitic languages.
  • v. To render motionless, by arousing terror, amazement or awe.
  • v. To pierce with a sharp pointed weapon.
  • v. To fix or impale.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To pierce through, as with a pointed weapon; to impale.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In geometry, to cut by a fixed straight, m, a subject composed of planes, α, β, γ, that is, to construct the passes m·α, m·β, m·γ.
  • To pierce through, as with a pointed weapon; transpierce: as, to transfix one with a dart or spear; also, to fasten by something sharp thrust through.
  • Synonyms Pierce, etc. See penetrate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. pierce with a sharp stake or point
  • v. to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe


Latin trānsfīgere, trānsfīx- : trāns-, trans- + fīgere, to pierce, fasten; see dhīgw- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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