An example of a fathom is a cable with markings every six feet which is used to find out the depth of a ocean.
An example of fathom is comprehending everything that caused something to happen.
An example of fathom is using a cable to find out the depth of an ocean canyon.
I can't for the life of me fathom what this means.
Origin of fathom
- Middle English fathme from Old English fæthm outstretched arms petə- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English fathome, fadome, from Old English fæþm, fæþme (“outstretched or encircling arms, embrace, grasp, protection, interior, bosom, lap, breast, womb, fathom, cubit, power, expanse, surface”), from Proto-Germanic *faþmaz (“embrace”), from Proto-Indo-European *pet- (“to spread out, extend”). Cognate with Low German fadem, faem (“a cubit, thread”), Dutch vadem, vaam (“fathom”), German Faden (“thread, filament, fathom”), Danish favn (“embrace, fathom”), Swedish famn (“the arms, bosom, embrace”), Icelandic faðmur (“embrace”).