fathom

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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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Full fadom five thy father lies, Of his bones are coral made: Those are pearls that were his eyes: Nothing of him that doth fade, But doth suffer a sea change Into something rich and strange.
One might further associate the latter with reanalysis of a following down as part of the verb itself, as in Jamaican sidong `sit down' or fadom `fall down'.
At this point, the Second Gentleman invokes his conscience to attest to the truthfulness of his statement that the common people hate Wolsey and love Buckingham: All the commons Hate him [Wolsey] perniciously, and, o'my conscience, Wish him ten fadom deep.