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The Dictionary of English Nautical Language Database: Search Results

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Term: fathom (n)
Definition: A unit of measurement equal to six feet, used to measure water depth and the length of anchor rode. Note: The root of the word means "embrace", and derives its nautical use from the seaman’s practice of measuring a line by stretching it out as far as his arms reach, which is roughly six feet.
Blog Link: http://seatalk.blogspot.com/2006/10/fathom.html

Term: fathom (v)
Definition: To measure the water depth with a lead line.
See Also: sound, lead line


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