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fathom

noun

1 fathom

A linear unit of measurement (equal to 6 feet) for water depth.

synonym: fthm.

Roget 200: length, longitude, span; mileage; distance etc. 196.    line, bar, rule, stripe, streak, spoke, radius.    ... show more

Dutch: vadem
Polish: sążeń



2 fathom

mining A unit of volume (equal to 6 cubic feet) used in measuring bodies of ore.

synonym: fthm.

Dutch: vadem

verb

1 fathom

Come to understand.

synonyms: bottom, penetrate.

Roget 490: know, ken [Scot.], scan, wot; wot aware, be aware of etc. adj.; ween, weet, trow, have, possess.    conceive; ... show more

Roget 480a: discover, find, determine, evolve, learn etc. 539; fix upon; pick up; find out, trace out, make out, hunt out, fish out, ... show more

Roget 462: answer, respond, reply, rebut, retort, rejoin; give for answer, return for answer; acknowledge, echo.    explain etc. (interpret) 522; ... show more

2 fathom

Measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line.

synonym: sound.

Roget 466: measure, mete; determine, assay; evaluate, value, assess, rate, appraise, estimate, form an estimate, set a value on; appreciate; standardize.    ... show more

Roget 461: make inquiry etc. n.; inquire, ask, seek, search.    look for, look about for, look out for; scan, reconnoiter, explore, sound, ... show more

Roget 208: be deep etc. adj.; render deep etc. adj.; deepen.    plunge etc. 310; sound, fathom, plumb, cast the lead, ... show more


Moby thesaurus: absorb, answer, appraise, appreciate, apprehend, ascertain, assay, assess, assimilate, be acquainted with, be apprised of, be aware of, be cognizant of, be conscious of, be conversant with, be informed, be with one, bottom, calculate, calibrate ... show more.

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