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fath·om

 (făth′əm)
n. Abbr. fth. or fm.
A unit of length equal to 6 feet (1.83 meters), used principally in the measurement and specification of marine depths.
tr.v. fath·omed, fath·om·ing, fath·oms
1. To penetrate to the meaning or nature of; comprehend.
2. To determine the depth of; sound.

[Middle English fathme, from Old English fæthm, outstretched arms; see petə- in Indo-European roots.]

fath′om·a·ble adj.

fathom

(ˈfæðəm)
n
1. (Units) a unit of length equal to six feet (1.829 metres), used to measure depths of water
2. (Mining & Quarrying) mining a unit of volume usually equal to six cubic feet, used in measuring ore bodies
3. (Forestry) forestry a unit of volume equal to six cubic feet, used for measuring timber
vb (tr)
4. to measure the depth of, esp with a sounding line; sound
5. to penetrate (a mystery, problem, etc); discover the meaning of
[Old English fæthm; related to Old Frisian fethem outstretched arms, Old Norse fathmr embrace, Old High German fadum cubit, Latin patēre to gape]
ˈfathomable adj
ˈfathomer n

fath•om

(ˈfæð əm)

n., pl. fath•oms, (esp. collectively) fath•om, n.
1. a nautical unit of length equal to 6 feet (1.8 m). Abbr.: f., fath, fm
v.t.
2. to measure the depth of by means of a sounding line; sound.
3. to penetrate to the truth of; comprehend; understand: to fathom someone's motives.
[before 900; Middle English fathme, Old English fæthm span of outstretched arms; c. Old High German fadum cubit, Old Norse fathmr embrace; akin to patent]
fath′om•a•ble, adj.
fath′om•er, n.

fath·om

(făth′əm)
A unit of length equal to six feet (1.8 meters), used to measure the depth of water.

Fathom

 a quantity of wood, six feet square in elevation, 1577.

fathom


Past participle: fathomed
Gerund: fathoming

Imperative
fathom
fathom
Present
I fathom
you fathom
he/she/it fathoms
we fathom
you fathom
they fathom
Preterite
I fathomed
you fathomed
he/she/it fathomed
we fathomed
you fathomed
they fathomed
Present Continuous
I am fathoming
you are fathoming
he/she/it is fathoming
we are fathoming
you are fathoming
they are fathoming
Present Perfect
I have fathomed
you have fathomed
he/she/it has fathomed
we have fathomed
you have fathomed
they have fathomed
Past Continuous
I was fathoming
you were fathoming
he/she/it was fathoming
we were fathoming
you were fathoming
they were fathoming
Past Perfect
I had fathomed
you had fathomed
he/she/it had fathomed
we had fathomed
you had fathomed
they had fathomed
Future
I will fathom
you will fathom
he/she/it will fathom
we will fathom
you will fathom
they will fathom
Future Perfect
I will have fathomed
you will have fathomed
he/she/it will have fathomed
we will have fathomed
you will have fathomed
they will have fathomed
Future Continuous
I will be fathoming
you will be fathoming
he/she/it will be fathoming
we will be fathoming
you will be fathoming
they will be fathoming
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been fathoming
you have been fathoming
he/she/it has been fathoming
we have been fathoming
you have been fathoming
they have been fathoming
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been fathoming
you will have been fathoming
he/she/it will have been fathoming
we will have been fathoming
you will have been fathoming
they will have been fathoming
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been fathoming
you had been fathoming
he/she/it had been fathoming
we had been fathoming
you had been fathoming
they had been fathoming
Conditional
I would fathom
you would fathom
he/she/it would fathom
we would fathom
you would fathom
they would fathom
Past Conditional
I would have fathomed
you would have fathomed
he/she/it would have fathomed
we would have fathomed
you would have fathomed
they would have fathomed

fathom

(fm) Unit of length, especially used to measure marine depth. 1 fm = 6 ft. Originally based on the span of two outstretched arms.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fathom - a linear unit of measurement (equal to 6 feet) for water depth
linear measure, linear unit - a unit of measurement of length
yard, pace - a unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimeters; originally taken to be the average length of a stride
2.fathom - (mining) a unit of volume (equal to 6 cubic feet) used in measuring bodies of ore
mining, excavation - the act of extracting ores or coal etc from the earth
Verb1.fathom - come to understand
understand - know and comprehend the nature or meaning of; "She did not understand her husband"; "I understand what she means"
2.fathom - measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line
measure, quantify - express as a number or measure or quantity; "Can you quantify your results?"

fathom

verb understand, grasp, comprehend, interpret, get to the bottom of I couldn't fathom what he was talking about.

fathom

verb
1. To perceive and recognize the meaning of:
Informal: savvy.
Slang: dig.
Chiefly British: twig.
Scots: ken.
2. To perceive directly with the intellect:
Scots: ken.
Translations
مِقْياس الأعْماق ويُساوي ستة أقْداميُدْرِك، يَسْبر غَوْر
pochopitsáh
begribefattefavn
süld
syli
ölöl3
faîmurkomast til botns í
jūros sieksnis
izdibinātizprastjūras asssaprast
siaha
iyice anlamakkulaç

fathom

[ˈfæðəm]
A. Nbraza f
water five fathoms deepagua de una profundidad de cinco brazas
B. VT
1. (Naut) → sond(e)ar
2. (fig) (also fathom out) → descifrar, llegar a entender; [+ mystery] → desentrañar
I can't fathom whyno me explico por qué
I can't fathom him/it out at allno le/lo entiendo en absoluto

fathom

[ˈfæðəm]
nbrasse f (= 1828 mm)
vt
[+ mystery] → sonder, pénétrer; [+ sb's attitude, behaviour] → comprendre
(also fathom out) to fathom what ... → comprendre ce que ...
We're trying to fathom out what's going on → Nous essayons de comprendre ce qu'il se passe.
to fathom why ... → comprendre pourquoi ...

fathom

nFaden m
vt
(lit)ausloten
(= understand)ermessen (geh); (inf: also fathom out) → verstehen; I just can’t fathom him (out)er ist mir ein Rätsel; I couldn’t fathom it (out)ich kam der Sache nicht auf den Grund, ich kam nicht dahinter (inf); we’re trying to fathom (out) what …wir versuchen zu ergründen, was …

fathom

[ˈfæðəm]
1. n (Naut) → braccio (=1,83m)
2. vt (fig) (also fathom out) → capire; (mystery) → penetrare, sondare
I can't fathom why → non riesco a capire perché
I can't fathom it out → non ci capisco assolutamente niente

fathom

(ˈfaðəm) noun
a measure of depth of water (6 feet or 1.8 metres). The water is 8 fathoms deep.
verb
to understand (a mystery etc). I cannot fathom why she should have left home.
References in classic literature ?
He could not understand the temptation that had come to him nor could he fathom the rea- son for its coming.
Could any one fathom the cruelty beneath that fair exterior?
Why, so they are, Uncle Venner," remarked Phoebe after a pause; for she had been trying to fathom the profundity and appositeness of this concluding apothegm.
And then King Arthur smote Sir Mordred under the shield, with a foin of his spear throughout the body more than a fathom.
All their class held these principles: I supposed, then, they had reasons for holding them such as I could not fathom.
In your opinion, she is in possession of her senses, and has some mysterious motive which neither you nor I can fathom.
Now, I was unwilling to put the direction-card on there, lest any of my landlord's family should fathom what I was doing, and detain me; so I said to the young man that I would be glad if he would stop for a minute, when he came to the dead-wall of the King's Bench prison.
Another anchor was got ready and dropped in a fathom and a half of water.
You must never try to fathom the mystery of THE MAN'S VOICE.
For the ways of elephants are beyond the wit of any man, black or white, to fathom.
There also came to my nostrils a faintly pungent odor, and I could only assume that I had been overcome by some poisonous gas, but why I should retain my mental faculties and yet be unable to move I could not fathom.
She buried her face on the kindly bosom and wept as she had not wept before in all her life--tears of relief and joy that she could not fathom.