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Transfix   /trænsfˈɪks/   Listen

(past & past part. transfixed; pres. part. transfixing)
To render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe.  Synonyms: fascinate, grip, spellbind.
Pierce with a sharp stake or point.  Synonyms: empale, impale, spike.

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"Transfix" Quotes from Famous Books

... upright, hard, with his martial moustache and the bony structure of his face, from which the glance of the sunken eyes seemed to transfix the priest, who stood still, an empty wooden snuff-box held upside down in his hand, and glared back, speechless, at ...
— Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard • Joseph Conrad

... latter part of the dialogue, Goliath becomes really furious, and is in haste to transfix David with his spear; while David, on the other hand, becomes more calm, collected, and observant as the critical moment approaches, thus denoting his firm and unwavering trust in the God of Israel. David makes but few gestures, but always assumes a reverential attitude when he mentions the name ...
— The Universal Reciter - 81 Choice Pieces of Rare Poetical Gems • Various

... as it seemed, to transfix me with his gaze. His unblinking eyes never for an instant quitted my face. With what a frightful fascination they constrained ...
— The Beetle - A Mystery • Richard Marsh

Words linked to "Transfix" :   thrust, interest, pierce, spear, pin

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