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noun (n)

  • a linear unit of measurement (equal to 6 feet) for water depth (noun.quantity)
    Synonym: fthm
    source: wordnet30
  • (mining) a unit of volume (equal to 6 cubic feet) used in measuring bodies of ore (noun.quantity)
    source: wordnet30
  • A measure of length, containing six feet; the space to which a man can extend his arms; -- used chiefly in measuring cables, cordage, and the depth of navigable water by soundings. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • come to understand (verb.cognition)
    Synonym: bottom, penetrate
    source: wordnet30
  • measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line (verb.change)
    Synonym: sound
    source: wordnet30
  • To encompass with the arms extended or encircling; to measure by throwing the arms about; to span. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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