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fathom (old edd. fadom, the orig. meaning is ‘the embracing arms’, hence ‘stretching the arms in a straight line’ (of which 1 is a fig. use), hence ‘measure of 6 feet’)
1. fig. grasp of intellect Oth. I. i. 153 “Another of his ”
2. pl. depths Wint. IV. iii. [iv.] 501 “all . . . the profound sea hides In unknown fathoms.”
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