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fathom

/fádam/ [cf. Cayman "Both road and rope are measured.. .by fathoms" (Doran 1954:84); Cam. fadom two yards (of cloth) CCD; OED, the length covered by the outstretched arms; a definite measure of six feet, now chiefly used in taking soundings] n. six feet; the length of two outstretched arms including the width of the body chiefly used in measuring rope or STRAW for plaiting: 1974 Five fathoms or 30 ft. of plait (Munroe 10). We use three to four fathom staff, hook the sponge, put it on the deck (Andros). (Gen.)

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Last update: 2010-11-27 20:01
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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