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fath•om



Pronunciation: (fa&thslash;'um), [key]
n., pl. fath•oms, (esp. collectively) fath•om,
v.


n.
a unit of length equal to six feet (1.8 meters): used chiefly in nautical measurements. Abbr.: fath

v.t.
1. to measure the depth of by means of a sounding line; sound.
2. to penetrate to the truth of; comprehend; understand: to fathom someone's motives.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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