Definition of fathom in English:
- If your boat is in the water and cannot be trailered, move it offshore to waters over 200 fathoms deep as soon as a Tsunami Warning is declared.
- He is still miles and fathoms and nautical miles and light years ahead of everyone else in baseball.
- On March 23, 1875, 13 days after leaving Nares Harbor, soundings indicated a depth of 4,475 fathoms or about 27,000 feet.
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- I just can't fathom people who could have a quiet life, who don't have to be controversial for a living, but do it anyway.
- You can analyze a Mozart piano concerto note by note and still not fathom the genius of the whole piece.
- But I can't fathom anyone reading stories like this and not feeling the sting and burn of utter, abject shame.
- Example sentences
- It was her view that you couldn't fathom policy until the policymakers were made fathomable.
- Such developments may initially be unusable, only fathomable to geeks.
- Less fathomable are his attempts to justify his growing disenchantment with the job.
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.
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