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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
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fathom

[′fath·əm]
(oceanography)
The common unit of depth in the ocean, equal to 6 feet (1.8288 meters).
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