What does the word transfix mean?

Usage examples for transfix

  1. But just as he was beginning to mention the necessity of his departure, a flash of lightning seemed to transfix the heavens. – Coningsby by Benjamin Disraeli
  2. Pulmonary space would not be opened by a penetrating instrument passed into the root of the neck in the median line above the sternum, at L, Plate 1. But the apices of both lungs would be wounded if the same instrument entered deeply on either side of this median line at K K. An instrument which would pierce the sternum opposite the insertion of the second, third, or fourth costal cartilage, from H downwards, would transfix some part of the arch of the aorta, C, Plate 1. The same instrument, if pushed horizontally backward through the second, third, or fourth interspaces of the costal cartilages close to the sternum, would wound, on the right of the sternal line, the vena cava superior, G, Plate 1; on the left, the pulmonary artery, B, and the descending thoracic aorta. – Surgical Anatomy by Joseph Maclise
  3. Mr Morgan put the lamp out of the way, that he might be able to transfix with the full glow of his angry eyes the real offender, who sat only half conscious, absorbed with his own terror, by the lawyer's side. – The Perpetual Curate by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant