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Definition of Fathom

Fathom

  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.
  3. To encompass with the arms extended or encircling; to measure by throwing the arms about; to span.
  4. The measure by a sounding line; especially, to sound the depth of; to penetrate, measure, and comprehend; to get to the bottom of.

Fathom Quotations

For most people, we often marvel at the beauty of a sunrise or the magnificence of a full moon, but it is impossible to fathom the magnitude of the universe that surrounds us.
Richard H. Baker

I love the Olympic Games. The Olympics are an event that few can fathom but all can enjoy, and that's why athletes work our whole lives to put on the greatest show on Earth.
Johnny Weir

It is of great use to the sailor to know the length of his line, though he cannot with it fathom all the depths of the ocean.
John Locke

There are some good people. But a good chunk of them will lie for no reason at all - it'll be ten o'clock and they'll tell you it's nine. You're looking at the clock and you can't even fathom why they're lying. They just lie because that's what they do.
John Cusack

A perfect storm is in the making: financial uncertainty, economic downturn, government cuts, rising unemployment and a future that looks less clear the more we try to fathom it.
Jonathan Sacks
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Fathom Translations

fathom in Norwegian is lodde, favn
fathom in Spanish is braza
fathom in Swedish is famn, loda