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.
understand (a difficult problem or an enigmatic person) after much thought:
he couldn't fathom why she was being so anxious.
measure the depth of (water).
, ransom, Ransome, transom
•Wrexham • sensum • Epsom • jetsam
•lissom • winsome • gypsum • alyssum
, opossum, possum
•flotsam • awesome • balsam • Folsom
•noisome • twosome
•fulsome • buxom • Hilversum
•irksome • Gresham • meerschaum
•petersham • nasturtium
, erratum, post-partum, stratum
•substratum • rectum • momentum
, petrolatum, pomatum, Tatum, ultimatum
•arboretum • dictum • symptom
, Gotham, scrotum, teetotum, totem
•diatom • anthem • Bentham • Botham
•fathom • rhythm • biorhythm
•algorithm • logarithm • sempervivum
•ovum • William
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.
†embrace; †cubit; length made by the outstretched arms, 6 feet. OE. fæðm
, corr. to OS. faðmos
pl. two arms outstretched (Du. vadem
6 feet), OHG. fadum
cubit (G. faden
6 feet), ON. faðmr
embrace, bosom :- Gmc. *faþmaz
, f. base *faþ-
:- IE. *pot-
, whence also L. patēre
be open, Gr. pētalos
So vb. †encircle, embrace OE.; take soundings (of), get to the bottom of XVII. OE. fæðmian
Unit of water-depth measurement, originally six feet, equal to 1.83 m.
A unit of water-depth measurement, originally 6 feet, equal to 1.83 m.
a quantity of wood, six feet square in elevation, 1577.