transom

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noun tran·som \ˈtran(t)-səm\

Definition of transom

  1. 1 :  a transverse piece in a structure :  crosspiece: such 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 and Etymology of transom

Middle English transyn, traunsom, probably alteration of traversayn, from Medieval 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 English Language Learners

transom

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noun tran·som \ˈtran(t)-səm\

Definition of transom for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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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