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  • fathom out — See: fathom II …   English dictionary

  • fathom — I UK [ˈfæðəm] / US noun [countable] Word forms fathom : singular fathom plural fathoms a unit for measuring the depth of water, equal to 1.8 metres or 6 feet II = fathom out fathom UK [ˈfæðəm] / US or fathom out UK / US verb [transitive] Word… …   English dictionary

  • fathom — [[t]fæ̱ðəm[/t]] fathoms, fathomed 1) N COUNT: oft num N A fathom is a measurement of 1.8 metres or 6 feet, used when referring to the depth of water. We sailed into the bay and dropped anchor in five fathoms of water. 2) VERB: no cont, oft with… …   English dictionary

  • fathom — fath|om1 [ˈfæðəm] n [: Old English; Origin: fAthm] a unit for measuring the depth of water, equal to six feet or about 1.8 metres fathom 2 fathom2 also fathom out v [T] to understand what something means after thinking about it carefully = ↑work… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fathom — 1. noun /ˈfæðəm/ a) A measure of length corresponding to the outstretched arms, standardised to six feet, now used mainly for measuring depths in seas or oceans. b) Mental reach or scope; penetration; the extent of capacity; …   Wiktionary

  • fathom — 1 noun (C) a unit for measuring the depth of water, equal to 1.8 metres 2 verb (T) also fathom out to understand what something means after thinking about it carefully: I still can t fathom out what she meant …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Fathom — Fath om (f[a^][th] [u^]m), n. [OE. fadme, fa[eth]me, AS. f[ae][eth]m fathom, the embracing arms; akin to OS. fa[eth]mos the outstretched arms, D. vadem, vaam, fathom, OHG. fadom, fadum, G. faden fathom, thread, Icel. fa[eth]mr fathom, Sw. famn,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fathom — vb Fathom, sound, plumb all mean to measure the depth (as of a body of water) typically with a weighted line. Fathom implies a measuring in fathoms (units of six feet). Sound typically suggests the use of a sounding line in measuring, but it may… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Fathom Five (novel) — Fathom Five is a novel by Robert Westall (1929 1993) and a sequel to The Machine Gunners , also by Westall. Plot summary The novel reunites some of the characters from the Machine Gunners, specifically Chas McGill, Cem Jones and Audrey Parton,… …   Wikipedia

  • fathom — ► NOUN ▪ a unit of length equal to six feet (1.8 metres), used in measuring the depth of water. ► VERB 1) understand after much thought: I can t fathom him out. 2) measure the depth of. DERIVATIVES fathomable adjective fathomless adjective …   English terms dictionary

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