transom

noun tran·som \ ˈtran(t)-səm \

Definition of transom

1 : a window above a door or other window built on and commonly hinged to a transom
2 : 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
over the transom
: 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 Middle French travessain, from Old French traversain set crosswise, from Vulgar Latin *traversanus, from Latin transversus transverse

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TRANSOM Defined for English Language Learners

transom

noun

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

noun tran·som \ ˈtran-səm \

Definition of transom for Students

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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