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transom

Syllabification: tran·som
Pronunciation: /ˈtran(t)səm
 
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Definition of transom in English:

noun

1The flat surface forming the stern of a vessel.
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 vessel.
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.
1.3North American short 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.

Origin

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

Phrases

over the transom

1
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.

Derivatives

transomed

1
adjective
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.

Words that rhyme with transom

hansom, ransom, Ransome

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