fathom NOUN a unit of length equal to six feet (1.8 metres), used in measuring the depth of water.
VERB 1) understand after much thought: I can't fathom him out. 2) measure the depth of.
DERIVATIVES fathomable adjective fathomless adjective.
ORIGIN Old English, «something which embraces» (the original measurement was based on the span of a person's outstretched arms).

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  • Fathomable — Fath om*a*ble, a. Capable of being fathomed. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fathomable — index appreciable, cognizable, coherent (clear), comprehensible, determinable (ascertainable), scrutable …   Law dictionary

  • fathomable — 1630s, figurative; 1690s, literal; from FATHOM (Cf. fathom) + ABLE (Cf. able) …   Etymology dictionary

  • fathomable — adjective see fathom II …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fathomable — See fathom. * * * …   Universalium

  • fathomable — adjective able to be to fathomed Ant: unfathomable See Also: fathom …   Wiktionary

  • fathomable — Synonyms and related words: appraisable, appreciable, apprehensible, articulate, assessable, calculable, cognizable, comprehensible, computable, determinable, easily understood, easy to understand, estimable, exoteric, gaugeable, graspable,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • fathomable — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Capable of being readily understood: comprehensible, intelligible, knowable, understandable. See KNOWLEDGE …   English dictionary for students

  • fathomable — adj. measurable; understandable, comprehensible, penetrable …   English contemporary dictionary

  • fathomable — fath·om·able …   English syllables

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