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English noun: fathom

1. fathom (quantity) a linear unit of measurement (equal to 6 feet) for water depth


Broader (hypernym)linear measure, linear unit

Part holonympace, yard

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


Broader (hypernym)capacity measure, capacity unit, cubage unit, cubature unit, cubic content unit, cubic measure, displacement unit, volume unit

Domain categoryexcavation, mining

English verb: fathom

1. fathom (cognition) come to understand

Synonymsbottom, penetrate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)understand

2. fathom (change) measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)measure, quantify

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