fathoms

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fathom \Fath"om\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Fathomed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fathoming}.]

1. To encompass with the arms extended or encircling; to measure by throwing the arms about; to span. [Obs.] --Purchas.

2. 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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fathom \Fath"om\ (f[a^][th]"[u^]m), noun [OE. fadme, fa[eth]me, AS. f[ae][eth]m fathom, the embracing arms; akin to OS. fa[eth]mos the outstretched arms, D. vadem, vaam, fathom, OHG. fadom, fadum, G. faden fathom, thread, Icel. fa[eth]mr fathom, Sw. famn, Dan. favn; cf. Gr. ?????????? to spread out, ??????? outspread, flat, L. patere to lie open, extend. Cf. {Patent}, {Petal}.]

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. 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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

fathom

noun

1: a linear unit of measurement (equal to 6 feet) for water depth [syn: {fathom}, {fthm}]

2: (mining) a unit of volume (equal to 6 cubic feet) used in measuring bodies of ore [syn: {fathom}, {fthm}]

verb

1: come to understand [syn: {penetrate}, {fathom}, {bottom}]

2: measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line [syn: {fathom}, {sound}]


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