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fathom

FATH'OM, n.

1. A measure of length containing six feet, the space to which a man may extend his arms; used chiefly at sea for measuring cables, cordage, and the depth of the sea is sounding by a line and lead.

2. Reach; penetration; depth of thought or contrivance.

FATH'OM, v.t.

1. To encompass with the arms extended or encircling.

2. To reach; to master; to comprehend.

Leave to fathom such high points as these.

3. To reach in depth; to sound; to try the depth.

Our depths who fathoms.

4. To penetrate; to find the bottom or extent. I cannot fathom his design.



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FATH'OM, n.

1. A measure of length containing six feet, the space to which a man may extend his arms; used chiefly at sea for measuring cables, cordage, and the depth of the sea is sounding by a line and lead.

2. Reach; penetration; depth of thought or contrivance.

FATH'OM, v.t.

1. To encompass with the arms extended or encircling.

2. To reach; to master; to comprehend.

Leave to fathom such high points as these.

3. To reach in depth; to sound; to try the depth.

Our depths who fathoms.

4. To penetrate; to find the bottom or extent. I cannot fathom his design.

FATH'OM, n. [Sax. fæthem; Ir. fead; G. faden; D. vadem. Qu. Dan. favn. The German word signifies a thread, a fathom, and probably thread or line is the real signification.]

  1. A measure of length containing six feet, the space to which a man may extend his arms; used chiefly at sea for measuring cables, cordage, and the depth of the sea in sounding by a line and lead.
  2. Reach; penetration; depth of thought or contrivance. Shak.

FATH'OM, v.t.

  1. To encompass with the arms extended or encircling.
  2. To reach; to master; to comprehend. Leave to fathom such high points as these. Dryden.
  3. To reach in depth; to sound; to try the depth. Our depths who fathoms. Pope.
  4. To penetrate; to find the bottom or extent. I can not fathom his design.

Fath"om
  1. A measure of length, containing six feet; the space to which a man can extend his arms; -- used chiefly in measuring cables, cordage, and the depth of navigable water by soundings.
  2. To encompass with the arms extended or encircling] to measure by throwing the arms about; to span.

    [Obs.] Purchas.
  3. The measure or extant of one's capacity; depth, as of intellect; profundity; reach; penetration.

    [R.]

    Another of his fathom they have none
    To lead their business.
    Shak.

  4. To measure by a sounding line; especially, to sound the depth of; to penetrate, measure, and comprehend; to get to the bottom of.

    Dryden.

    The page of life that was spread out before me seemed dull and commonplace, only because I had not fathomed its deeper import. Hawthotne.

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Fathom

FATH'OM, noun

1. A measure of length containing six feet, the space to which a man may extend his arms; used chiefly at sea for measuring cables, cordage, and the depth of the sea is sounding by a line and lead.

2. Reach; penetration; depth of thought or contrivance.

FATH'OM, verb transitive

1. To encompass with the arms extended or encircling.

2. To reach; to master; to comprehend.

Leave to fathom such high points as these.

3. To reach in depth; to sound; to try the depth.

Our depths who fathoms.

4. To penetrate; to find the bottom or extent. I cannot fathom his design.

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