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fathom

1. a unit of length equal to six feet (1.829 metres), used to measure depths of water
2. Forestry a unit of volume equal to six cubic feet, used for measuring timber

fathom

[′fath·əm]
(oceanography)
The common unit of depth in the ocean, equal to 6 feet (1.8288 meters).
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Having won at Great Leighs at 20-1 in September, she was a head second at the same price, which was a bit less fathomable, at Newmarket in October, and was then sent off at an enormous 50-1 at Doncaster on her seasonal reappearance last month.
Indeed the Negro is not estranged from the African but from what he embodies in his eyes--the immensity of a boundless time and space, fathomable only through the traumatic stigmas ("conquered"; "too heavy and too double edged"; "trapped") the situation of the encounter encapsulates.
As her letter ultimately indicates, Frederica is not only highly motivated regarding both a marriage she opposes and one she hopes to enact, beginning with this appeal; she is a person whose apparent "flatness," whether by her mother's account or by her own demonstration, now opens--in the single letter she is allotted--onto a fathomable depth.
Gerard Genette, for example, claims that every narration can be understood as an expansion of a single verb, as an expansion "even to the broadest bounds fathomable," of a basic action: "I walk, Pierre came, these are for me the shortest narrative forms," Genette says, "and in reverse, the Odyssey and In Search of Lost Time are, in a certain way, nothing more than amplifications (in a rhetorical sense) of the statements Odysseus returns to Ithaca and Marcel becomes a writer, respectively.
Sweet Dreams Blue and white balloons bob together, like dolphins in a sea of blue, Now released, unwilling to separate each representing the hopes and dreams of those who love you Each an individual entity but collectively stronger and more fathomable.
34) Now that the devolution movement to recreate the conditions of the pre New Deal era is pushing full steam ahead, it is becoming gradually evident that the latter characterizations of American democracy are fathomable only if one takes the existence of a regulatory welfare state as a given.
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222) However, history indicates that it is fathomable, if not likely, that those in the United States will respond to the current orphan crisis with a willingness to adopt, and that at least some of the cultural aversions to adoption may change.
A middle-ranking member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party said Abe's definition of the catchphrase ''seemed fathomable but I cannot make head or tail of it.
This race partitioning strategy relies upon taking the challenges on race day in fathomable chunks and is also rather a good thing to keep in mind in the months prior.
They are trying to say that the ruling doesn't allow them to do anything without putting it to public comment and appeal, which is not even fathomable - that was never in play in the case.
A rule should be simple so that its working and basic motivation is fathomable for non-experts, that is the electorate and the legislature.