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

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Fathom ({{{1}}})

  1. (obsolete) Grasp, envelopment, control.
  2. Template: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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to Fathom

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to Fathom (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To encircle with outstretched arms, especially to take a measurement; to embrace.
  2. (transitive) To measure the depth of, take a sounding of.
  3. (transitive, figuratively) To get to the bottom of; to manage to comprehend (a problem etc.).
    I can't for the life of me fathom what this means.

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et:fathom fr:fathom io:fathom kn:fathom lt:fathom hu:fathom ml:fathom pt:fathom ru:fathom fi:fathom sv:fathom ta:fathom te:fathom vi:fathom zh:fathom

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