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transom

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noun tran·som \ˈtran(t)-səm\

Simple Definition of transom

  • : a small window that is above a door or larger window

  • : a stone or wooden bar that goes across the top of a door or window

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of transom

  1. 1 :  a transverse piece in a structure :  crosspiece: asa :  lintelb :  a horizontal crossbar in a window, over a door, or between a door and a window or fanlight above itc :  the horizontal bar or member of a cross or gallowsd :  any of several transverse timbers or beams secured to the sternpost of a boat; also :  the planking forming the stern of a square-ended boat

  2. 2 :  a window above a door or other window built on and commonly hinged to a transom

over the transom
  1. :  without solicitation or prior arrangement <the manuscript arrived over the transom>

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Origin of transom

Middle English transyn, traunsom, probably alteration of traversayn, from Middle French travessain, from Old French traversain set crosswise, from Vulgar Latin *traversanus, from Latin transversus transverse


First Known Use: 14th century

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TRANSOM Defined for Kids

transom

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noun tran·som \ˈtran-səm\

Definition of transom for Students

  1. 1 :  a piece that lies crosswise in a structure (as in the frame of a window or of a door that has a window above it)

  2. 2 :  a window above a door or another window




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