[ UK /fˈæðəm/ ]
[ US /ˈfæðəm/ ]
  1. (mining) a unit of volume (equal to 6 cubic feet) used in measuring bodies of ore
  2. a linear unit of measurement (equal to 6 feet) for water depth
  1. measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line
  2. come to understand
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How To Use fathom In A Sentence

  • I've anchored here a hundred times in thirteen fathoms. A SON OF THE SUN
  • My fellow countrymen were killing and harming each other in ways that I previously could not have fathomed. Soiya Gecaga: Being the Change That I Wish To See In the World
  • It is hard to fathom the pain felt at the death of a child.
  • But you can't really begin to fathom it until you're actually there. Times, Sunday Times
  • The first column is the circumference in inches and the other three columns are fathoms, feet, and inches.
  • For years people have been trying to fathom the mysteries of the whale's song.
  • For the life of me, I cannot fathom your continued application of the irrebuttable presumption that any individual held and interrogated by the admin is necessarily a murderer or an aider of a murderer. Balkinization
  • Clearly he is throwing up obstacles to solutions, for some unfathomed reason (s). Tough Love « Tales from the Reading Room
  • These could be courses in the bottom of dormant volcanoes, on isolated islands, or atop unfathomably high mountaintops.
  • The grin vanished like magic, her whole body stiffening in antipathy as her eyes locked with fathomless brown ones.
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