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Definition of Fathom

  • 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.
  • The measure or extant of one's capacity; depth, as of intellect; profundity; reach; penetration.
  • To measure by a sounding line; especially, to sound the depth of; to penetrate, measure, and comprehend; to get to the bottom of.
  • (mining) a unit of volume (equal to 6 cubic feet) used in measuring bodies of ore
  • a linear unit of measurement (equal to 6 feet) for water depth
  • measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line
  • come to understand

How to use fathom in a sentence. Fathom pronunciation.

The storm was increasing, and it became evident that it was better to take the hazard of beaching the boat than go down in a hundred fathoms of water; so we ran in, with tall white-caps following, and I sat down in the stern-sheets and pointed her head-on to the shore.
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He followed the declivity to its base, then turning to the left, he crossed a small table land, which was easily accessible from the gorge, but which on the side of the oasis formed a perpendicular cliff many fathoms deep.
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On sounding, we found ourselves in thirty fathoms of water.
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The vessel being very light, loaded with cotton, made much leeway, and though we had worn ship four times during the preceding night, hoping, if possible, to weather some shoals which the captain judged were near, and to make Chesapeake Bay, where we might have a clear beach before us in case the vessel should strand, yet at eight o'clock Sunday morning we were in but seventeen fathoms of water.
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At ten, A.M., being then in fifteen fathoms of water, and drifting rapidly towards the shore, the captain summoned all hands into the cabin to consult about throwing our deck-load overboard, in order to leave us a better chance to secure ourselves to the rigging, and thus save our lives when the vessel should strike, which he judged would be in about half an hour.
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Soundings toward evening showed twenty-eight fathoms of water, and we hope to see land to-morrow. ====== 15 Feb. 1736.
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Well, I make no doubt, Ursula, that you are quite as good as she, and she of her namesake of ancient Rome; but there is a mystery in this same virtue, Ursula, which I cannot fathom!
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The parlor-maid could hardly be expected to fathom the meaning of the grave tone in which the young lady proffered the flowers, with Mrs. Hilbery's love; and the door shut upon the offering.
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I can fathom yours easily.
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Oh! who shall dare to fathom the depths of the Omnipotent?
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I_ ain't sure, not by a thousand fathom.
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But who is going to fathom their needs or their fancies?
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He could not fathom just what had happened to him in these years.
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But she had voice enough for a little part, where a living could be made; and perhaps she would presently fathom the secret of the cause of her delicate throat and would be able to go far-possibly as far as she had dreamed.
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On the bar of ironstone steep, not a fathom's length from the shore, Is there never a seer nor sophist can interpret your wild refrain, When speech the harshest and roughest is seldom studied in vain?
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Of God, can man fathom God's dealings with us?
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That would fain the wisdom of stars inherit, And cannot fathom the seas sublime?
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Can man fathom life's links, Past or future, unsolved by Egyptian Or Theban, unspoken by Sphinx?
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Nay, I cannot fathom why, But I feel no curiosity.
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She turned and gave him one of the swift, searching looks he recalled so well: a look the meaning of which he could not declare, save that she seemed vainly striving to fathom something in him-as though he were not fathomable!
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Examples of Fathom

Example #1
So I baled out the seas we shipped, and Johnny pulled heavily through the billows till we had reached a point three or four miles beyond the camp.
Example #2
The next morning we started back to the old camp, but while out a long way from shore, so great a storm came up that we dared not try to land.
Example #3
Between it and the main mass of the mountain rose numerous single peaks, like a camp of granite tents, or a wildly tossing sea suddenly turned to stone; behind these blocks ran the streamlet, which he found after a short search.
Example #4
Lower down in the valley sprang a brooklet of which he knew, and hard by it grew various herbs and roots, with which he had often allayed his hunger.
Example #5
At midnight the wind veered to the eastward, gradually increasing until four o'clock Sunday morning, by which time the brig was under close-reefed topsails and foresail.
Example #6
Saturday evening, December 21st, the wind blew gently from the south.