Transfixed vs Stare - What's the difference?

transfixed | stare |

As an adjective transfixed

is rendered motionless by completely focused attention, rapt, entranced, mesmerized.

As a verb transfixed

is (transfix).

As a noun stare is

: starlings.




(en adjective)
  • Rendered motionless by completely focused attention, rapt, entranced, mesmerized.
  • Synonyms

    * rapt * enthralled * entranced * mesmerized * hypnotized


  • (transfix)
  • stare


    (wikipedia stare)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) . More at (l).


  • To look fixedly (at something).
  • {{quote-Fanny Hill, part=2 , Her sturdy stallion had now unbutton'd, and produced naked, stiff, and erect, that wonderful machine, which I had never seen before, and which, for the interest my own seat of pleasure began to take furiously in it, I star'd at with all the eyes I had}}
  • *
  • *:A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; as, again, the arm-chair in which Bunting now sat forward, staring into the dull, small fire. In fact, that arm-chair had been an extravagance of Mrs. Bunting. She had wanted her husband to be comfortable after the day's work was done, and she had paid thirty-seven shillings for the chair.
  • To be very conspicuous on account of size, prominence, colour, or brilliancy.
  • :staring windows or colours
  • (obsolete) To stand out; to project; to bristle.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:Makest my blood cold, and my hair to stare .
  • * John Mortimer (1656?-1736)
  • *:Take off all the staring straws and jags in the hive.
  • Troponyms
    * gaze, to stare intently or earnestly * ogle, to stare covetously or amorously
    Derived terms
    * stare someone in the face


    (en noun)
  • A persistent gaze.
  • the stares of astonished passers-by

    Etymology 2



    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A starling.
  • (Webster 1913)


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