tran·​som | \ ˈtran(t)-səm How to pronounce transom (audio) \

Definition of transom

1 : a transverse piece in a structure : crosspiece: such as
a : lintel
b : a horizontal crossbar in a window, over a door, or between a door and a window or fanlight above it
c : the horizontal bar or member of a cross or gallows
d : 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 or transom window : a window above a door or other window built on and commonly hinged to a transom
over the transom
: without solicitation or prior arrangement the manuscript arrived over the transom

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Examples of transom in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Italian builder recently unveiled a new flagship of the series, known as the Gladiator 961 Speed, which features an underwater camera in the transom that can stream live footage directly to TV screens onboard. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 3 May 2022 Here, large six-over-one transom windows bathe the room with light while exposing beautiful views. James Alexander, Hartford Courant, 2 May 2022 The owner reproduced decorative woodwork from the film onto the transom leading from the kitchen to the dining room. Mary Carole Mccauley, Baltimore Sun, 13 Apr. 2022 The stained glass in the sidelights and transom that surround the front door were designed by Baltimore artist Daniel Herman. Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2022 The design has a long set of stairs down to the water at the transom, providing a nice launch point for divers or swimmers. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 1 Apr. 2022 Consumers tossed money over the box-office transom by the sackful, creating one of the biggest box-office advances in memory. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2022 Epic has four guest staterooms on the lower deck, and a large beach area at the transom. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 11 June 2021 It is thought that the shorter doors, sidelights, and a multi-room transom were added in the early 1900s. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 6 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of transom

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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“Transom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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tran·​som | \ ˈtran-səm How to pronounce transom (audio) \

Kids Definition of transom

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 : a window above a door or another window

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