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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.