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definition of the word fathom

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Old English fæþm ‘outstretched arms’, from Germanic *faþmaz, from Indo-European *pet-. Cognate with Dutch vadem, vaam, German Faden, Swedish famn.

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Fathom (unit)

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Singular
fathom

Plural
fathoms

fathom (plural fathoms)

  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.

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