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[ˈfað(ə)m], (Noun)

- a unit of length equal to six feet (1.8 metres), chiefly used in reference to the depth of water
(e.g: sonar says that we're in eighteen fathoms)


Old English fæthm, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vadem, vaam and German Faden ‘six feet’. The original sense was ‘something which embraces’, (plural) ‘the outstretched arms’; hence, a unit of measurement based on the span of the outstretched arms, later standardized to six feet

[ˈfað(ə)m], (Verb)

- understand (a difficult problem or an enigmatic person) after much thought
(e.g: the locals could not fathom out the reason behind his new-found prosperity)

- measure the depth of (water)
(e.g: an attempt to fathom the ocean)



definition by Oxford Dictionaries

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