Lizet Elaine (simplyn2deep) wrote in 1_million_words,
Lizet Elaine

Word of the Day 10/16/14 Fathom

Fathom (noun, verb)
fathom [fath -uh m]

noun, plural fathoms (especially collectively) fathom.
1. a unit of length equal to six feet (1.8 meters): used chiefly in nautical measurements. Abbreviation: fath.

verb (used with object)
2. to measure the depth of by means of a sounding line; sound.
3. to penetrate to the truth of; comprehend; understand: to fathom someone's motives.

Origin: before 900; Middle English fathme, Old English fæthm span of outstretched arms; cognate with German Faden six-foot measure, Old Norse fathmr; akin to patent

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