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Definition of the noun fathom

What does fathom mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: fathoms

  1. a linear unit of measurement (equal to 6 feet) for water depth
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • synonym of fathom: fthm
    • more generic terms: linear measure / linear unit = a unit of measurement of length
    • part: pace / yard = a unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimeters
  2. (mining) a unit of volume (equal to 6 cubic feet) used in measuring bodies of ore

Alternative definition of the noun fathom

noun

  1. [obsolete] Grasp, envelopment, control.
  2. [nautical] A measure of length corresponding to the outstretched arms, standardised to six feet, now used mainly for measuring depths in seas or oceans.
  3. [context: by extension] Mental reach or scope; penetration; the extent of capacity; depth of thought or contrivance.

Definition of the verb fathom

What does fathom mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: fathomed | fathoming | fathoms

  1. come to understand
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition]I understand the problem
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition] as [Predicate]I understood it as a joke
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, arbitrary control with -ing]I understand wanting more
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, how-extraction]I understand how she did it
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, possessive with -ing]I understand their wanting more minutes
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, that-complement clause]I understand that he is a good doctor
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, to be]I understand him to be a good doctor
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, wh-complement clause]I understand why we should help them
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, wh-infinitive clause]I understand how to do it
      [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, what-extraction]I understand what we should do

      Verbs of Comprehending (with the same syntax): apprehend, comprehend, follow, grasp, understand.

    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of fathom: bottom / penetrate
    • more generic word: understand = know and comprehend the nature or meaning of
  2. measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of fathom: sound
    • more generic words: measure / quantify = express as a number or measure or quantity

Definition of the verb fathom for high school students

    to understand, comprehend
    • example: I cannot fathom why you like that crabby and mean-spirited neighbor of ours.

The verb fathom is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Film

"Fathom" is a 1967 British spy comedy film directed by Leslie H. Martinson, starring Anthony Franciosa and Raquel Welch.

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Google previewAmelia, pt. III, and Jonathan Wild (1902)

by Henry Fielding

Fathom is a romantic picaresque novel, with a possibly edifying, but most unnatural reformation of the villainous hero at...

Fathom is the weakest of all its author's novels; Jonathan Wild is not properly one of Fielding's novels at all, but a work ...

Google previewThe Works of Henry Fielding: The history of the life of the late Mr. Jonathan Wild, the great (1903)

Fathom is a romantic picaresque novel, with a possibly edifying, but most unnatural reformation of the villainous hero at the...

Fathom is the weakest of all its author's novels ; Jonathan Wild is not properly one of Fielding's novels at all, but a ...

Google previewThe Works of Henry Fielding... (1903)

by Henry Fielding

Fathom is a romantic picaresque novel, with a possibly edifying, but most unnatural reformation of the villainous hero at the...

Fathom is the weakest of all its author's novels ; Jonathan Wild is not properly one of Fielding's novels at all, but a ...

Google previewThe History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild, the Great (1910)

And A Journey from this World to the Next by Henry Fielding

Fathom is a romantic picaresque novel, with a possibly edifying, but most unnatural reformation of the villainous hero at the last; Jonathan Wild is a pretty...

Fathom is the weakest of all its author's novels; Jonathan Wild is not properly ...

Google previewDelphi Complete Works of Henry Fielding (Illustrated) (2013)

by Henry Fielding

Fathom is a romantic picaresque novel, with a possibly edifying, but most unnatural reformation of the villainous...

Fathom is the weakest of all its author's novels; Jonathan Wild is not properly one of Fielding's novels at all, but a work only a ...

Google previewCollege Physics (2016)

by Raymond A. Serway, Chris Vuille

A fathom is a unit of length, usually reserved for measuring the depth of ...

Google previewEnergy Economics: A Modern Introduction (2000)

A Modern Introduction by Ferdinand E. Banks

The thing to fathom is that there is a valid argument for supplying new capacity only when the amount consumers are willing to pay for it is greater that its supply price (or p-v>β). As an example of what we are talking about, consider the ...

Google previewThe History of England (1805)

From the Revolution to the Death of George II. (designed as a Continuation of Mr. Hume's History) by Tobias George Smollett

Fathom is a highly finished villain, unrivalled by an eharacter that has been invented by the Ézio, novelists, except perhaps that of “Zeluco.” The situations which afford. * Well known marvellous romances, written by Hotace Walpole Earl of ...

Google previewA Preface to the Nibelungenlied

More difficult to fathom is the position of Ille et Galeron. Gautier reverts to the narrative premise of sentimental romance, that is, the theme of social inequality, in this case the love of a young knight for a duke's daughter. But the customary ...

Google previewThe Merchant and Seaman's Guardian in the British Channel, Etc (1778)

by Stuart Amos ARNOLD

Twelve or fourteen fathom is a good distance from them. The best mark for the west end, is Chichester church, (a large spire steeple) N. by E. northerly, or < ' St. 7725- Part. DIRECTIONS from tle 32 St. Rook's mill, upon S ov TH FORE LAND, ...

Google previewThe Corpse (1996)

A History by Christine Quigley

Harder to fathom is the objection to automobile testing using human cadavers. Research on auto safety at the University of Virginia, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and Wayne State University involves strapping human bodies onto metal ...

Google previewThe sea-man's dictionary: or, An exposition and demonstration of all the parts and things belonging to a ship, etc (1670)

fea-line, are thefe: The founding-line is bigger than the deep fealine : A founding- line is commonly cut to twenty fathom, or little mere, the other will be a hundred,or two hundred fathom; the one is used in showle, the other in deep water ; the ...

Google previewA Supplement to Ure's Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures, and Mines (1863)

by Robert Hunt

per fathom on each succeeding depth of 5 fathoms. When any unusually hard strata are met with, the borer is paid by special arrangement, unless a binding contract has been previously made ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines (1871)

Containing a Clear Exposition of Their Principles and Practice. Illustrated with Nearly Sixteen Hundred Engravings on Wood. Reprinted Entirely from the Last Corrected and Greatly Enl. English Ed by Andrew Ure

First 5 fathoms - - 5 6 per fathom.

Google previewUre's Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures, and Mines (1878)

Containing a Clear Exposition of Their Principles and Practice by Andrew Ure, Robert Hunt

weight Working Breaking strain ference per fathom ference per fathom ference per fathom load Cwta. Tona 2} 2 1 1...

Google previewA Naval Encyclopaedia: Comprising a Dictionary of Nautical Words and Phrases (1884)

Biographical Notices, and Records of Naval Officers; Special Articles on Naval Art and Science

Fathom. A measure of 6 feet, roughly made by extending both arms; used in measuring cordage, depths, etc. 7'0 fathom, to find the depth by sounding; to comprehend. The table shows the fathom of diti'erent countries: a | Country. Name.

Google previewA Dictionary of Weights, Measures, and Units (2002)

by Donald Fenna

fathom length Originally a body measure, being the distance spanned fingertip to fingertip by the outstretched arms and hands. British/American Usually, and distinctively as the warship fathom, 6 ft (1.828 8 m, 72 in), but sometimes = cable's ...

Google previewVocabulary Dictionary and Workbook (2006)

2,856 Words You Must Know by Mark Phillips

fathom (fath-әm) vb. Water depth is measured in fathoms (units of length equal to six feet), ...

Google previewThe Builder's Dictionary: Or, Gentleman and Architect's Companion (1734)

Explaining Not Only the Terms of Art in All the Several Parts of Architecture, But Also Containing the Theory and Practice ...

Some indeed are of a contrary Opinion, and maintain that in a Conveyance of 100 Fathom long, it ought to be bigger in the first next the Reservatory, than in the other 50 reaching to the Ajutage, and they pretend that the Diminution of the ...

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Quotes about Fathom

Sick I am of idle words, past all reconciling, Words that weary and perplex and pander and conceal, Wake the sounds that cannot lie, for all their sweet beguiling The language one need fathom not, but only hear and feel. (George Du Maurier)
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Scrabble value of F4A1T1H4O1M3

The value of this 6-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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