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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National security reporting, however, is not done by receiving information over the transom. James C. Goodale, Harper's magazine, "More Than a Data Dump," 10 Apr. 2019 The architects also marked the entrance to the second floor with an elongated, vertical transom. Inga Saffron,, "Discovering an art deco Kresge's behind a Center City storefront," 13 Feb. 2018 The front door is framed by side panel windows with a transom window overhead, along with a wooden shadowbox panel topped by a palladium window. Margaret Demarino,, "Property of the Week: 125 Jonathan Trail, Glastonbury," 23 Feb. 2018 Measuring 1,755 square feet, five large transom windows face the river and allow for plenty of light in the living room and dining room. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Midcentury fixer upper right outside of NYC asks $469K," 29 Aug. 2018 With this new handshake, WPA3 supports forward secrecy, meaning that any traffic that came across your transom before an outsider gained access will remain encrypted. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "The Next Generation of Wi-Fi Security Will Save You From Yourself," 26 June 2018 There are double French doors, showcased by transom windows, for easy entry to the outside. Karen A. Avitabile,, "Property of the Week: 56 Old Stone Crossing, West Hartford," 3 Aug. 2017 Barron, who kept an eye on everything going on in the back of the 54-foot Carolina boat, was always ready with the gaff whenever one of us had a fish that big coming close to the transom. Steve Waters, miamiherald, "“Mahi Madness:” Some tips on taking advantage of Dolphin fishing in the Florida Keys | Miami Herald," 18 May 2018 Doubled over the transom, John casually does likewise. Ben Lowy, Smithsonian, "The Lionfish Have Invaded, But a Ragtag Army of Divers and Chefs Are Fighting Back," 23 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of transom

US : 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


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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