- fathoms used twice.
- Included in Eastons: Yes
- Included in Hitchcocks: No
- Included in Naves: No
- Included in Smiths: Yes
- Included in Websters: Yes
- Included in Strongs: Yes
- Included in Thayers: Yes
- Included in BDB: No
- G3712 Used 2 times
(Old A.S. faethm, "bosom," or the outstretched arms), a span of six feet (Acts 27:28). Gr. orguia (from orego, "I stretch"), the distance between the extremities of both arms fully stretched out.
1. A measure of length containing six feet, the space to which a man may extend his arms; used chiefly at sea for measuring cables, cordage, and the depth of the sea is sounding by a line and lead.
2. Reach; penetration; depth of thought or contrivance.
FATH'OM, verb transitive
1. To encompass with the arms extended or encircling.
2. To reach; to master; to comprehend.
Leave to fathom such high points as these.
3. To reach in depth; to sound; to try the depth.
Our depths who fathoms.
4. To penetrate; to find the bottom or extent. I cannot fathom his design.
FATH'OMED, participle passive Encompassed with the arms; reached; comprehended.
FATH'OMER, noun One who fathoms.
FATH'OMING, participle present tense Encompassing with the arms; reaching; comprehending; sounding; penetrating.
1. That of which no bottom can be found; bottomless.
2. That cannot be embraced, or encompassed with the arms.
3. Not to be penetrated or comprehended.