fathom

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  • Info A fathom (abbreviation: ftm) = 6 feet or 1.8288 metres, is a unit of length in the old imperial and the U.S. customary systems, used especially for measuring the depth of water.
  • But how could you fathom my purposes enough even to help me? Cited from Idolatry, by Julian Hawthorne
  • The eyes that could have told you that must have looked a hundred fathoms deep. Cited from Guy Livingstone, by George A. Lawrence
  • In the latter place it rose to four fathoms, but here still higher. Cited from Voyage from Okkak. . .to Ungava Bay, by Kohlmeisergava and Kmoch
  • It would take a long time to fathom him, I can tell you. Cited from Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, Jan. 1844, Vol. 23, Nbr. 1
  • She knew that she never quite understood, had never quite fathomed, his nature. Cited from Bart Ridgeley, by A. G. Riddle
  • At least these were his thoughts so far as White could fathom them. Cited from The Expressman and the Detective, by Allan Pinkerton
  • For two thousand miles from its month there are not less than seven fathoms of water. Cited from The Andes and the Amazon, by James Orton
  • Just why he felt as he did he could not fathom. Cited from Never-Fail Blake, by Arthur Stringer
  • For miles west and north, it would have been impossible to find more than three fathoms. Cited from Pieces of Eight, by Richard le Gallienne
  • We passed between these rocks and the main, having from ten to seven fathom water. Cited from Voyages and Travels, Vol. 13, by Robert Kerr
  • When this was done it was found that they were in twenty fathoms water. Cited from The Hot Swamp, by R.M. Ballantyne
  • They all tried to fathom the reason as to why they had only killed only a bird.
  • She could not understand him; there was something in his life she could not fathom. Cited from Vera Nevill, by Mrs. H. Lovett Cameron
  • He did so; but it proved to be more than a fathom short. Cited from Historical Tales, The Romance of Reality, Vol. 4, by Charles Morris
  • I looked; she had but a few fathoms of water on either side of her. Cited from Peter the Whaler, by W.H.G. Kingston
  • Opposite to the camp the water was found to be eight fathoms deep. Cited from Ungava, by R.M. Ballantyne
  • And no matter how often they might see it, they never fathomed this mystery. Cited from The Best Ghost Stories, by Various
  • If I lived a hundred years, you would be more than I could fathom. Cited from Doom Castle, by Neil Munro
  • We had here nine fathom water, and close to the shore there were five. Cited from Voyages and Travels, Vol. 12, by Robert Kerr
  • How could one fathom his power for good or for evil? Cited from One Man in His Time, by Ellen Glasgow
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Meaning of fathom

  • noun A linear unit of measurement (equal to 6 feet) for water depth
  • noun (mining) a unit of volume (equal to 6 cubic feet) used in measuring bodies of ore
  • verb Measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line