transom

noun

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

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Phrases
over the transom
: without solicitation or prior arrangement
the manuscript arrived over the transom

Examples of transom in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web French doors with arched transom windows line the ocean-facing living room, inviting in the sea breeze and sounds of the ambling waves. Spencer Elliott, Forbes, 17 Feb. 2024 Projects that cross the transom of the Beverly Hills building department include the extravagant — pool grottoes and bowling alleys — as well as the more quotidian kitchen and living room upgrades. Liam Dillon, Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2024 At the stern, the tender garage is fitted with a transom hatch that can transform into an expansive swim platform. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 16 Jan. 2024 The transom is another key point of difference between the two designs. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 10 Jan. 2024 Competitors have embraced fold-out platforms at the transom as standard equipment, but Vanquish has yet to join the beam-expansion club. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 20 Nov. 2023 Heading to the stern, the beach club is fitted with a transom door that can be opened or closed depending on how breezy or cozy you like it. Rachel.maree.cormack@gmail.com, Robb Report, 1 Nov. 2023 Anglers powering a small skiff, jon boat, flat transom canoe or kayak need a transom mount trolling motor with a tiller drive. Ric Burnley, Outdoor Life, 30 Jan. 2023 Kupperman said the city of Birmingham has already approved the renovation plans for the building so far, which include repairing transoms and replacing windows and frames. Shauna Stuart | Sstuart@al.com, al, 1 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of transom was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Transom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transom. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

transom

noun
tran·​som ˈtran(t)-səm How to pronounce transom (audio)
1
: a horizontal crossbar in a window, over a door, or between a door and a window or fanlight above it
2
: a window above a door or other window built on and commonly hinged to a transom

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