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Definition 1: a linear unit of measurement (equal to 6 feet) for water depth - [noun denoting quantity]

Synonyms for fathom in the sense of this definition

(fathom is a kind of ...) a unit of measurement of length

(fathom is a part of ...) a unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimeters; originally taken to be the average length of a stride

Definition 2: (mining) a unit of volume (equal to 6 cubic feet) used in measuring bodies of ore - [noun denoting quantity]

Synonyms for fathom in the sense of this definition

(fathom is a kind of ...) a unit of measurement of volume or capacity

(fathom belongs to category ...) the act of extracting ores or coal etc from the earth

Definition 3: measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line - [verb of change]

Synonyms for fathom in the sense of this definition

(fathom is a kind of ...) express as a number or measure or quantity

"Can you quantify your results?"

Definition 4: come to understand - [verb of cognition]

Synonyms for fathom in the sense of this definition

(fathom is a kind of ...) know and comprehend the nature or meaning of

"She did not understand her husband" "I understand what she means"

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