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Definition of 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

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 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

The 6th of August in the morning we saw an opening in the land and we ran into it, and anchored in 7 and a half fathom water, 2 miles from the shore, clean sand.
William Dampier

Space, time, matter, energy and biological life may be the result of a Source Field that is conscious and alive in its own unique way - on a scale far too vast for the finite mind to fathom.
David Wilcock

A friend is a beloved mystery; dearest always because he is not ourself, and has something in him which it is impossible for us to fathom. If it were not so, friendship would lose its chief zest.
Lucy Larcom
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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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