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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. [1913 Webster] 2. To measure by a sounding line; especially, to sound the depth of; to penetrate, measure, and comprehend; to get to the bottom of. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] The page of life that was spread out before me seemed dull and commonplace, only because I had not fathomed its deeper import. --Hawthotne. [1913 Webster]