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 Due process and fair notice were thrown out the window to get the case across the transom on the day that Clayton walked out the door. Roslyn Layton, Forbes, "In The Ripple Case, The SEC Is Now On Trial – And Knows It," 8 Apr. 2021 The transom opens up to become a sizable swim platform with a beach club, while the upper deck features a large sun pad for sun worshippers. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, "Meet Falcon Legacy, a 131-Foot Superyacht Shaped Like a Giant Torpedo," 5 Apr. 2021 The best value for a kayak motor is Minn Kota’s Endura C2 transom mount trolling motor. Field & Stream, "Best Kayak Motor to Fit the Way You Fish," 19 Mar. 2021 The transom is also enclosed to ensure boarding is by invitation only. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, "This 459-Foot Megayacht Concept Was Inspired By the Natural Curves of Pebbles," 25 Feb. 2021 The problem with the transom painting is that Mr. Creighton did not die in the Brooklyn Heights house, but in a house several blocks away in Cobble Hill. New York Times, "150 Years Ago Brooklyn Renumbered All Its Streets. It Was a Disaster.," 27 Jan. 2021 The second-largest bedroom offers its own version of industrial windows, while the smallest has glazed transom windows. Globe Staff,, "Home of the Week: A 3-bedroom unit in a Fort Point artists co-op puts creativity on display," 5 Feb. 2021 Place one of the sticks across the spread-out saplings as a crossbar, then tie each sapling to the crossbar using a transom knot (below). James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Started in Snowshoeing," 5 Jan. 2021 At her home in Northwest Washington, Emily W. Murphy was mostly amused as the stern admonitions began tumbling over the transom. Washington Post, "Emily W. Murphy is hearing from Americans demanding she do her job. There’s just one problem.," 13 Nov. 2020

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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 19 Apr. 2021.

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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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