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(v) to understand; to go to the depth of. Origin: Fathom initially meant the distance from the middle fingertip of one hand to the middle fingertip of the other hand of a large man holding his arms fully extended. This length was later standardized to six feet, and has long been used as a nautical unit of depth. 'To fathom', therefore, came to mean 'to measure the depth of (a sea or a subject).'

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