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Definition of the noun transfix

What does transfix mean as a name of something?


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

Definition of the verb transfix

What does transfix mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: transfixt

  1. to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe
  2. pierce with a sharp stake or point
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonyms of transfix: empale / impale / spike
    • more generic words: pierce / thrust = penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument
    • more specific words:
      • pin = pierce with a pin
      • spear = pierce with a spear


Transfix: In linguistic morphology, a transfix is a discontinuous affix which is inserted into a word root, as in root-and-pattern systems of morphology, like those of many Semitic languages.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Transfix

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Google previewLessons from Documented Endangered Languages (2008)

by K. David Harrison, David S. Rood, Arienne Dwyer

transfix is a discontinuous affix that is inserted into a root (at more than one position). Likewise there are two main kinds of stem affixes: — A simple stem affix is one that occupies one morphological slot of the host. — A discontinuous ...

Google previewAn Introduction to the Languages of the World (2016)

by Anatole Lyovin, Brett Kessler, William Leben

A transfix is a type of affix that interleaves with its base. This will be seen in depth in the sketch of Arabic at the end of this chapter (§5.6), but here is a quick preview. In Arabic, the root meaning 'write' can be thought of as the bare consonants ...

Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (2015)

by Murali Mohan Hundigam

puncture, stab, thrust, lance Pierce through—transfix Pierce with a sharp object /stick—impale Pierce with horns—gore Pierce with many holes—riddle Pierce with pointed instrument—stab Pierce with a sharp implement—transfix Pierced, ...

Google previewChambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)

by Various

Transfix,transfiks′, piercethrough.—n.Transfis′sion, crosssection. —adj. Transfixed′.—n.Transfix′ion. Transfluent,trans′flōōent,adj.flowingthrough.—n .Transflux′,aflowingthrough. Transforate,trans′fōrāt, v.t.tobore through.—n.

Google previewFuldstændigt dansk og engelsk haand-lexicon (1807)

by Christian Friderick Bay

Jgiennemstikke,, to pierce, transfix, transpierce, (Ined en Kaarde) to run one through with a Sword. (igienuemstukken af Orm) wormeaten. Jgiennemstøde, to thrust, to push through. (med Kaarde Is.) to pierce, to stab, - Jgien" Jgiennemstryge, ...

Google previewJunior School Dictionary (2002)

by Linsay Knight, Andrew Delahunty

transfix. verb. to make someone unable to move because they are so amazed or afraid. transform. verb. to change something completely: The ugly duckling was transformed into a swan. Word Family: transformation noun a complete change in ...

Google previewA Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary (1960)

by John R. Clark Hall, Herbert Dean Meritt

3urhlaestnian to transfix, JnLR 1937.

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis].

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

TRANSFIX', v. a. Lat. transfixvs. To pierce through.

Google previewA Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (2005)

by Walter W. Skeat, Walter William Skeat

Transfix. (L.) From L. transfixes, pp. of transfigere, to transfix.— L. одам, through ; figer», to fix ; see Pix. Transform. (F.-L.) t. transformer .

Google previewThe Student's Dictionary of Anglo-Saxon (1897)

by Henry Sweet

transfix. purhfar an 2 pass, traverse tr., intr, ; pass beyond, transcend ; pierce ; penetrate. purhfarennes (!) ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Bengala Language (1825)

In which the Words are Traced to Their Origin, and Their Various Meanings Given by William Carey

to transfix , to pierce, to scratch, to undermine, to stab, to run through, to card, to spice, ...

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Scrabble value of T1R1A1N1S1F4I1X8

The value of this 8-letter word is 18 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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