Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun fathom

2 senses of fathom

Sense 1

fathom, fthm -- (a linear unit of measurement (equal to 6 feet) for water depth)

=> linear unit, linear measure -- (a unit of measurement of length)

Sense 2

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

=> volume unit, capacity unit, capacity measure, cubage unit, cubic measure, cubic content unit, displacement unit, cubature unit -- (a unit of measurement of volume or capacity)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb fathom

2 senses of fathom

Sense 1

penetrate, fathom, bottom -- (come to understand)

=> understand -- (know and comprehend the nature or meaning of; "She did not understand her husband"; "I understand what she means")

Sense 2

fathom, sound -- (measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line)

=> quantify, measure -- (express as a number or measure or quantity; "Can you quantify your results?")