Less versed in things of the future, despite my gleams of reason, I resort to experiment with a view to fathoming the question.
My affection hampers me from fathoming Frank's inner-most thoughts.
Her unpractised mind was completely occupied in fathoming its recent acquisition.
Earlier, fathoming his purposes, she would have raged, have burst into a passion.
But there is no fathoming the reticence of an Indian—and Luck, by a sudden impulse, hid his own knowledge of the language.
This difference is beyond the fathoming line of human thought.
Human nature can rise to strange heights, and it can also fall to depths beyond your fathoming.
In fact he had thrown himself in his hands for the purpose of fathoming his plots.
Here was another shift of place, hitherto quite unsuspected, to be reckoned with by the astronomer in fathoming sidereal secrets.
We very often get an idea of a community by fathoming its leading men.
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.