American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A horizontal crosspiece over a door or between a door and a window above it.
- n. A small hinged window above a door or another window.
- n. A horizontal dividing bar of wood or stone in a window.
- n. A lintel.
- n. Nautical Any of several transverse beams affixed to the sternpost of a wooden ship and forming part of the stern.
- n. Nautical The aftermost transverse structural member in a steel ship, including the floor, frame, and beam assembly at the sternpost.
- n. Nautical The stern of a square-sterned boat when it is a structural member.
- n. The horizontal beam on a cross or gallows.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the cross-ties or sleepers laid under the longitudinal sills of a permanent way for a street railway, or for any railway laid on this system, as in a mine.
- n. In architecture, a horizontal bar of timber or stone across a window; also, the cross-bar separating a door from the fanlight above it. See mullion.
- n. Same as transom-window, 2.
- n. A slat of a bedstead.
- n. Nautical, one of several beams or timbers fixed across the stern-post of a ship to strengthen the after part and give it the figure most suitable to the service for which the vessel is intended. See also cut under counter.
- n. In a saw-pit, a joist resting transversely upon the strakes.
- n. One of two beams of wood or metal secured horizontally to the side frames of a railway car-truck. They are placed one on each side of the swing-bolster.
- n. In gunnery, a piece of wood or iron joining the cheeks of gun-carriages, whence the terms transom-plates, transom-bolts, etc.
- n. In surveying, a piece of wood made to slide upon a cross-staff; the vane of a cross-staff.
- n. A crosspiece over a door; a lintel.
- n. A horizontal dividing bar in a window.
- n. nautical Any of several transverse structural members in a ship, especially at the stern; a thwart.
- n. nautical The flat or nearly flat stern of a boat or ship.
- n. The horizontal beam on a cross or gallows.
- n. figuratively Items that have arrived over the transom.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Arch.) A horizontal crossbar in a window, over a door, or between a door and a window above it.
Transomis the horizontal, as mullionis the vertical, bar across an opening. See Illust.of mullion.
- n. (Naut.) One of the principal transverse timbers of the stern, bolted to the sternpost and giving shape to the stern structure; -- called also
- n. (Gun.) The piece of wood or iron connecting the cheeks of some gun carriages.
- n. (Surg.) The vane of a cross-staff.
- n. (Railroad) One of the crossbeams connecting the side frames of a truck with each other.
- n. a window above a door that is usually hinged to a horizontal crosspiece over the door
- n. a horizontal crosspiece across a window or separating a door from a window over it
- Probably an alteration of Latin transtrum ("crossbeam"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English traunsom, probably alteration of Latin trānstrum, cross-beam, from trāns, across; see trans-. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The transom is available in heights of 15 or 20 inches, and total weight for either version is less than 250 pounds.”
“Getting over a reader's transom is hard, and your best ally in the task is a friend of the reader you're trying to woo: if you can get someone to read and love your book and then make it easy for her/him to email it to a Hugo voter, you're further along than if you'd posted a physical copy of the book right to the door of the reader.”
“In the first three lights below the transom is the Ecce Homo; in the centre three, Pilate washing his hands, the final moment in the trial.”
“Below the transom is a second inner set of mullions supporting”
“But the breast-hooks forward and crutches aft, the deck transom, which is the foundation for the deck abaft as well as the assemblage of timbers uniting the stern to the body of the vessel, with all the other parts that make up the ends, cannot be more than mentioned here.”
“A transom is a small window directly above the door”
“For those unfamiliar with the ink-smudged, glory-filled days of the newspaper game, a "transom" is the piece of wood forming the top frame of a door, that also forms the bottom frame of the little rectangular window above that door.”
“Everything that was coming over the "transom" at night was telling me that I was on the right track.”
“This really wasn't a letter TO me, it kinda came in over the transom.”
“I used a scraffito tool to scratch branches in the center of the rectangle, and a small figure in the transom arch.”
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