phonetic symbol: / fǽðəm / 

fathom - English Dictionary

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

[ noun ]
■ a linear unit of measurement (equal to 6 feet) for water depth

[ verb ]
■ measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line

[ verb ]
■ come to understand
bottom , penetrate

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