transfix

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transfix (plural transfixes)

  1. (linguistics) A discontinuous affix, which occurs at more than one position in a word, typical of Semitic languages.

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transfix (third-person singular simple present transfixes, present participle transfixing, simple past and past participle transfixed)

  1. (transitive)  To render motionless, by arousing terror, amazement or awe.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, “Foreword”, in The China Governess[1]:
      He stood transfixed before the unaccustomed view of London at night time, a vast panorama which reminded him […] of some wood engravings far off and magical, in a printshop in his childhood. They dated from the previous century and were coarsely printed on tinted paper, with tinsel outlining the design.
  2. (transitive)  To pierce with a sharp pointed weapon.
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, chapter 52
      There was a little stream that ran not far away, in which he bathed, and down this on occasion would come a shoal of fish. Then the natives would assemble with spears, and with much shouting would transfix the great startled things as they hurried down to the sea.
  3. (transitive)  To fix or impale.

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