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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

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

Charles McCarry is the best modern writer on the subject of intrigue - by the breadth of Alan Furst, by the fathom of Eric Ambler, by any measure.
P. J. O'Rourke

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

For all my education, accomplishments, and so called 'wisdom'... I can't fathom my own heart.
Michael Caine

One of the things that I cannot fathom is young actors who will not audition and won't read.
Daniel Radcliffe
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Fathom Translations

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

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