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Webster 1913 Edition


Transom

Tran′som

,
Noun.
[Probably fr. L.
transtrum
a crossbeam, transom, from
trans
across. Cf.
Trestle
.]
1.
(Arch.)
A horizontal crossbar in a window, over a door, or between a door and a window above it. Transom is the horizontal, as mullion is the vertical, bar across an opening. See Illust. of
Mullion
.
2.
(Naut.)
One of the principal transverse timbers of the stern, bolted to the sternpost and giving shape to the stern structure; – called also
transsummer
.
3.
(Gun.)
The piece of wood or iron connecting the cheeks of some gun carriages.
4.
(Surg.)
The vane of a cross-staff.
Chambers.
5.
(Railroad)
One of the crossbeams connecting the side frames of a truck with each other.
Transom knees
(Shipbuilding)
,
knees bolted to the transoms and after timbers.
Transom window
.
(Arch.)
(a)
A window divided horizontally by a transom or transoms.
(b)
A window over a door, with a transom between.

Webster 1828 Edition


Transom

TRAN'SOM

,
Noun.
[L. transenna, from trans, over, across.]
1.
A beam or timber extended across the stern-post of a ship, to strengthen the aft-part and give it due form.
2.
In architecture, the piece that is framed across a double light window; or a lintel over a door; the vane of a cross-staff.

Definition 2022


transom

transom

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Noun

transom (plural transoms)

  1. A crosspiece over a door; a lintel.
  2. A horizontal dividing bar in a window.
  3. A transom window.
  4. (nautical) Any of several transverse structural members in a ship, especially at the stern; a thwart.
  5. (nautical) The flat or nearly flat stern of a boat or ship.
  6. The horizontal beam on a cross or gallows.
  7. (figuratively, usually attributively) Items that have arrived over the transom.
    We are overwhelmed with transom resumes.
    They only met the deadline by working most of the night and making a transom filing.

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