What is fathom?

  • (verb): Come to understand.
    Synonyms: penetrate, bottom
    See also — Additional definitions below


A fathom (abbreviation: ftm) = 1.8288 meters, is a unit of length in the imperial and the U.S. customary systems, used especially for measuring the depth of water.

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More definitions of "fathom":

  • (noun): A linear unit of measurement (equal to 6 feet) for water depth.
    Synonyms: fthm
  • (verb): Measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line.
    Synonyms: sound
  • (noun): (mining) a unit of volume (equal to 6 cubic feet) used in measuring bodies of ore.
    Synonyms: fthm

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    The real essence, the internal qualities, and constitution of even the meanest object, is hid from our view; something there is in every drop of water, every grain of sand, which it is beyond the power of human understanding to fathom or comprehend. But it is evident ... that we are influenced by false principles to that degree as to mistrust our senses, and think we know nothing of those things which we perfectly comprehend.
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