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Meaning & Definition of Fathom in English

English

Fathom

/fæðəm/

noun

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

    synonym:
  • fathom
  • ,
  • fthm

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

    synonym:
  • fathom
  • ,
  • fthm

verb

1. Come to understand

    synonym:
  • penetrate
  • ,
  • fathom
  • ,
  • bottom

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

    synonym:
  • fathom
  • ,
  • sound