Definition of transom in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtrans(ə)m/


1The flat surface forming the stern of a boat.
Example sentences
  • The sheer of the B40 is slightly flatter, the transom more vertical and broader, and the bow slightly less spoon-shaped.
  • The Bertram 31 and its prototype were designed with a remarkable 23-degree angle of deadrise at the transom with three lifting strakes on each side from the keel to the chine.
  • With six of us now in the boat, the low transom and failed bilge pump is worrying, but we dive anyway.
1.1A horizontal beam reinforcing the stern of a boat.
Example sentences
  • But the second boat was deeper down in the peat, and although twisted and snapped by the river over the course of time was still complete, with a transom and wooden cross-braces.
1.2A strengthening crossbar, in particular one set above a window or door. Compare with mullion.
Example sentences
  • The head casing that separates the transoms from the French doors runs at the same 7-foot height around the entire space, blending with the built-in bookshelves.
  • Pairs of narrow French doors topped with transoms line one wall of the main room, offering easy access to the deck and playing up the room's dramatic vaulted ceiling.
  • Puddling style draperies over the windows and original shutters control light, and transoms over the doors help the air to circulate.
1.3 US term for transom window.
Example sentences
  • Entries often showcase glass in the door, plus sidelights and transoms (windows over the door).
  • If the doors and the transoms above weren't exactly the right height, you'd have a totally different feeling.
  • Curtain walls, sliding doors, transoms, and more can be finished in dark bronze or clear anodized and painted bronze or white.


over the transom

North American informal Offered or sent without prior agreement; unsolicited: the editors receive about ten manuscripts a week over the transom
More example sentences
  • But once everyone adjusts, those couple hundred emails will mean nothing more than the couple dozen letters that might have physically come in over the transom in the old days.
  • I get a lot of stuff over the transom, and this year I am going to do my best to thank everyone who's contributed material to the site.
  • An apology came over the transom about an hour later.



Example sentences
  • Rear has former double chamfered mullioned and transomed windows with hoodmould over in cross-wing.
  • The rear has double chamfered mullioned and transomed windows with plainer chamfered mullions.
  • The house is built of local sandstone with tall chimneys, pointed gables and mullioned and transomed windows.


Late Middle English (earlier as traversayn): from Old French traversin, from the verb traverser 'to cross' (see traverse).

Words that rhyme with transom

hansom, ransom, Ransome

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Line breaks: tran|som

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