a crosspiece separating a door or the like from a window or fanlight above it.
Also called transom light, transom window. a window above such a crosspiece.
a crossbar of wood or stone, dividing a window horizontally.
a window so divided.
a flat termination to a stern, above the water line.
framework running athwartships in way of the sternpost of a steel or iron vessel, used as a support for the frames of the counter.
Artillery. a metal piece connecting the sidepieces of the tail or the cheeks of a gun carriage.
- transomed, adjective
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How to use transom in a sentence
They’re hoping that some outside experience comes over the transom and shows them what they want to do.How Can We Break Our Addiction to Contempt? (Ep. 478) | Stephen J. Dubner | October 14, 2021 | Freakonomics
News does not come over the transom; reporters have to work hard to get it.Pentagon Papers Lawyer James Goodale: It’s Time for Eric Holder to Resign | James C. Goodale | May 30, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Plus, Con Ed gets first dibs on whatever comes over the transom.
Instantly a sweet voice was heard through the open transom of the door behind which her thoughts were already concentrated.The Circular Study | Anna Katharine Green
No one knew when he slept, while curious whirring noises were heard over the transom after the fall of night.The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson
He had the Yankee body, lank and ribbed, and was so tall that his head seemed always looking over a transom.The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson
The transom was open, leaving an aperture of about three inches.Frank Merriwell's Pursuit | Burt L. Standish
Again Morgan lifted his eyes to the midnight orbs beyond the transom.Frank Merriwell's Pursuit | Burt L. Standish
British Dictionary definitions for transom
Also called: traverse a horizontal member across a window: Compare mullion
a horizontal member that separates a door from a window over it
the usual US name for fanlight
a surface forming the stern of a vessel, either vertical or canted either forwards (reverse transom) or aft at the upper side
any of several transverse beams used for strengthening the stern of a vessel
- transomed, adjective
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