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fathomless

[fath -uh m-lis] /ˈfæð əm lɪs/
adjective
1.
impossible to measure the depth of; bottomless.
2.
impossible to understand; incomprehensible:
fathomless motives.
Origin of fathomless
1600-1610
First recorded in 1600-10; fathom + -less
Related forms
fathomlessly, adverb
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  • The fathomless eyes, full of gloom and of an immense despair, did not close.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • She had probed its depth and found it fathomless––fathomless in its devotion to herself.

  • There is a fathomless look in his eyes and he is cold and unresponsive.

    Mary Louise in the Country L. Frank Baum (AKA Edith Van Dyne)
  • It is the home of the Archean granite, and its basins are of a fathomless dust.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
  • All the cone trembled as if it was about to plunge into a fathomless gulf.

  • What can the world give her, adequate to her fathomless wants?

    The Young Maiden

    A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
  • In storm all is magnificence; in calm there is the brooding of a fathomless peace.

    The Cornwall Coast Arthur L. Salmon
  • What fathomless duplicity was hers, that she could appear so innocent.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • The fathomless and swelling cerulean is to him as the scenery of his birth place.

British Dictionary definitions for fathomless

fathomless

/ˈfæðəmlɪs/
adjective
1.
another word for unfathomable
Derived Forms
fathomlessly, adverb
fathomlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for fathomless
adj.

1630s, literal; 1640s, figurative; from fathom + -less.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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