- 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.
Origin of transom
Examples from the Web for transom
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|DAILY BEAST
Plus, Con Ed gets first dibs on whatever comes over the transom.
"I thought the transom was open," said a low voice, which still seemed to be struggling with suppressed laughter.Blindfolded|Earle Ashley Walcott
I say, Transom, John Canoeing still—always some frolic in the wind.Tom Cringle's Log|Michael Scott
It will be seen from the plan that the overhang aft runs out into a point, and that there is thus no transom.The South Pole, Volumes 1 and 2|Roald Amundsen
And Sarah turned the pitcher upside down, its mouth protruding from the transom.When Sarah Went to School|Elsie Singmaster
The two young sculptors on the other side of the transom were now entering upon their artistic task with amazing speed and zest.Good References|E. J. Rath
British Dictionary definitions for transom
- 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
Word Origin for transom
Word Origin and History for transom
mid-14c., transeyn "crossbeam spanning an opening, lintel," probably by dissimilation from Latin transtrum "crossbeam" (especially one spanning an opening), from trans- "across" (see trans-) + instrumental suffix -trum. Meaning "small window over a door or other window" is first recorded 1844.