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FATHOM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does fathom mean? 

FATHOM (noun)
  The noun FATHOM has 2 senses:

1. a linear unit of measurement (equal to 6 feet) for water depth
2. (mining) a unit of volume (equal to 6 cubic feet) used in measuring bodies of ore

  Familiarity information: FATHOM used as a noun is rare.


FATHOM (verb)
  The verb FATHOM has 2 senses:

1. come to understand
2. measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line

  Familiarity information: FATHOM used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


FATHOM (noun)


Sense 1fathom [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A linear unit of measurement (equal to 6 feet) for water depth

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

fathom; fthm

Hypernyms ("fathom" is a kind of...):

linear unit (a unit of measurement of length)

Meronyms (parts of "fathom"):

pace; yard (a unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimeters; originally taken to be the average length of a stride)


Sense 2fathom [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(mining) a unit of volume (equal to 6 cubic feet) used in measuring bodies of ore

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

fathom; fthm

Hypernyms ("fathom" is a kind of...):

capacity measure; capacity unit; cubage unit; cubature unit; cubic content unit; cubic measure; displacement unit; volume unit (a unit of measurement of volume or capacity)

Domain category:

excavation; mining (the act of extracting ores or coal etc from the earth)


FATHOM (verb)


Sense 1fathom [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come to understand

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

fathom; penetrate; bottom

Hypernyms (to "fathom" is one way to...):

understand (know and comprehend the nature or meaning of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 2fathom [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

fathom; sound

Hypernyms (to "fathom" is one way to...):

measure; quantify (express as a number or measure or quantity)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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