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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fathom  \Fath"om\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Fathomed};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Fathoming}.] 
  1.  To  encompass  with  the  arms  extended  or  encircling;  to 
  measure  by  throwing  the  arms  about  to  span.  [Obs.] 
  --Purchas. 
 
  2.  The  measure  by  a  sounding  line  especially,  to  sound  the 
  depth  of  to  penetrate,  measure,  and  comprehend;  to  get  to 
  the  bottom  of  --Dryden. 
 
  The  page  of  life  that  was  spread  out  before  me 
  seemed  dull  and  commonplace,  only  because  I  had  not 
  fathomed  its  deeper  import.  --Hawthotne. 




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