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  • adj. Rendered motionless by completely focused attention, rapt, entranced, mesmerized.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of transfix.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In heraldry, represented as pierced with a spear, sword, or other weapon, which is always specified.

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

  • adj. having your attention fixated as though by a spell


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  • Those that had stood in transfixed legions weeping with beatific emotion on election night turned into an angry mob saying how "disappointed" they were that they'd not all immediately been translated to heaven the moment Obama stepped into the White House!

    Frank Schaeffer: Obama's Critics Are Dead Wrong

  • Washington remains 'transfixed' by Iraq, though the consequences of inattention to Afghanistan are severe.

    Max Bergmann: Time to Focus on the Greatest Danger

  • British pole-dancers Faye O'Neill, 27 and Katrina Redfern, 20, told how the Australian beauty was "transfixed" as she watched them perform a sexy routine.

    Hindustan Times News Feeds 'Views'

  • Dancers Faye O'Neil and Katrina Redfern said the singer was "transfixed" as she watched them perform a sexy routine.


  • British pole-dances at the club, Faye O'Neill and Katrina Redfern, said the 41-year-old gay icon was 'transfixed' on the girls, The Sun reported.


  • And reporting from the Czech Republic, noted that the audience of 200,000 that Obama addressed Sunday was "transfixed" and interviewed a woman in the crowd who had gotten up at 4 a.m. to "make sure she could get a glimpse of Mr. Obama."


  • De Cor. 67 merely reports that he was "transfixed"), and in fact in my Alexander of Macedon (1974), p. 69, I describe it as a "spearthrust" myself; but this slip, if slip it is, cannot compare with Mr. Lewis's own suggestion that Philip was wounded by a sarissa, the Macedonian weapon par excellence.

    The Battle for Macedonia

  • Mom told me that when I had been away on tour, Josh had been transfixed in front of the television, watching the Michael Jackson video Moonwalker, day in, day out.

    Fallin’ Up

  • Our media has been transfixed with hackers, and it would seem, liberally supplied by them too.

    Loz Kaye: There's Hacking and Then There's Hacking -- LulzSec vs NewsCorp

  • There were hundreds of people below 14th Street on Sixth Avenue, transfixed by the black smoke spewing from the World Trade Center.

    Steve Mariotti: September 11th


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