My confidence is now forever and irreparably shaken for reasons I never could have fathomed.
She felt that beneath that calm manner there were many secrets that she had not yet fathomed.
He had fathomed the true state of affairs between Archie and Hope.
With ready tact he fathomed the expectation of the audience, and at once squarely joined issue with the Colonel.
Lady Augusta declared that no woman yet ever fathomed the heart of man.
Who has ever scaled the rapture of the former, or fathomed the pathos of the latter?
Everything that could not be fathomed was attributed to witchcraft.
And, for some reason which the experts have not yet fathomed, it always pours with rain.
He had not yet fathomed the depth of his uncle's wickedness.
He was all the time exciting himself with the proximity of some secret that he had not yet fathomed.
Old English fæðm "length of the outstretched arm" (a measure of about six feet), also "arms, grasp," and, figuratively "power," from Proto-Germanic *fathmaz "embrace" (cf. Old Norse faðmr "embrace, bosom," Old Saxon fathmos "the outstretched arms," Dutch vadem "a measure of six feet"), from PIE *pot(e)-mo-, from root *pete- "to spread, stretch out" (see pace (n.)). There are apparent cognates in Old Frisian fethem, German faden "thread," which OED explains by reference to "spreading out."
Old English fæðmian "to embrace, surround, envelop;" see fathom (n.). The meaning "take soundings" is from c.1600; its figurative sense of "get to the bottom of, understand" is 1620s. Related: Fathomed; fathoming.
(Old A.S. faethm, "bosom," or the outstretched arms), a span of six feet (Acts 27:28). Gr. orguia (from orego, "I stretch"), the distance between the extremities of both arms fully stretched out.