fathom


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Synonyms for fathom

Synonyms for fathom

a linear unit of measurement (equal to 6 feet) for water depth

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

come to understand

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measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line

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In her bows lay a tiny anchor, two jugs of water, and some seventy fathoms of thin, brown dory-roding.
And I saw it go under the sand, a fathom under the sand, on cross-bearings unnamable, where the mangroves fade away, and the coconuts grow, and the rise of land lifts from the beach to the Lion's Head.
Casks and chests of it, casks and chests of it, oodles and oodles, a fathom under the sand," chattered the Ancient Mariner.
You must also be armed with a spear two fathoms long, which you will be able to wield by means of the magic ring upon your left thumb.
Don Quixote kept calling to them to give him rope and more rope, and they gave it out little by little, and by the time the calls, which came out of the cave as out of a pipe, ceased to be heard they had let down the hundred fathoms of rope.
Mumford, the second mate, was despatched with four hands, in the pinnace, to sound across the channel until he should find four fathoms depth.
The canoes themselves, splintered and broken, filled with sand and coral-boulders, were towed out to ten fathoms of water and sunk.
Ten fathoms will be deep enough for them to work in," Sheldon said, as they walked back to the compound.
It must be six fathoms long with a porch all around.
Twenty miles around stretched the ring of the atoll, and in no place was it more than fifty fathoms wide.
We were squidding that day, out on the reef--you know how, undoubtedly, diving down the face of the wall of the reef, five fathoms, ten fathoms, any depth within reason, and shoving our squid-sticks into the likely holes and crannies of the coral where squid might be lairing.
Perhaps we were five fathoms down and exploring the face of the reefwall for lurking places of our prey, when it happened.
Sir, at this moment we have 3,508 fathoms of line out, and the ball which draws the sounding lead has not yet touched the bottom; for if so, it would have come up of itself.
Three thousand six hundred and twenty-seven fathoms," replied the lieutenant, entering it in his notebook.
Captain Cook, in his second voyage, says, that this plant at Kerguelen Land rises from a greater depth than twenty-four fathoms; "and as it does not grow in a perpendicular direction, but makes a very acute angle with the bottom, and much of it afterwards spreads many fathoms on the surface of the sea, I am well warranted to say that some of it grows to the length of sixty fathoms and upwards.