fath·om / ˈfa[voicedth]əm/ • n. a unit of length equal to six feet (approx. 1.8 m), chiefly used in reference to the depth of water: sonar says that we're in eighteen fathoms.• v. [tr.] 1. understand (a difficult problem or an enigmatic person) after much thought: he couldn't fathom why she was being so anxious. 2. measure the depth of (water).DERIVATIVES: fath·om·a·ble adj.fath·om·less adj.
Fathom ★★½ 1967
Welch and her bikini fill out the title role as Fathom Harvill, a parachutist who is hired to find a nuclear triggering device that has been lost in the Mediterranean. She eventually hooks up with spy guy Peter Merriweather (Franciosa) and gets involved in a case involving priceless jewelry stolen from China. Spy spoof is oh so '60s. Based on the novel by Larry Forrester. 104m/C VHS, DVD . GB Raquel Welch, Anthony (Tony) Franciosa, Ronald Fraser, Clive Revill, Richard Briers, Tom Adams; D: Leslie Martinson; W: Lorenzo Semple Jr.; C: Douglas Slocombe; M: John Dankworth.
So vb. †encircle, embrace OE.; take soundings (of), get to the bottom of XVII. OE. fæðmian.