transom: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (tran'sum), [key]
— n.
  1. a crosspiece separating a door or the like from a window or fanlight above it.
  2. Also called tran&prim;som light&sec;, transom window. a window above such a crosspiece.
  3. a crossbar of wood or stone, dividing a window horizontally.
  4. a window so divided.
    1. a flat termination to a stern, above the water line.
    2. framework running athwartships in way of the sternpost of a steel or iron vessel, used as a support for the frames of the counter.
  5. a metal piece connecting the sidepieces of the tail or the cheeks of a gun carriage.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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