Fadme \Fad"me\, n. A fathom. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

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  • fadme — fadme, om etc., obs. ff. fathom …   Useful english dictionary

  • fadme — v. a. == embrace. HD. 1295. AS. fæðmian …   Oldest English Words

  • Fathom — Fath om (f[a^][th] [u^]m), n. [OE. fadme, fa[eth]me, AS. f[ae][eth]m fathom, the embracing arms; akin to OS. fa[eth]mos the outstretched arms, D. vadem, vaam, fathom, OHG. fadom, fadum, G. faden fathom, thread, Icel. fa[eth]mr fathom, Sw. famn,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fathom — I. noun Etymology: Middle English fadme, from Old English fæthm outstretched arms, length of the outstretched arms; akin to Old Norse fathmr fathom, Latin patēre to be open, pandere to spread out, Greek petannynai Date: before 12th century 1. a… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fathom — [fath′əm] n. [ME fadme < OE fæthm (akin to OFris fethm, OS pl. fathmōs), the two arms outstretched (to embrace, measure), akin to Ger faden, thread < IE base * pet , to stretch out > L patere, to stretch out] a unit of length used to… …   English World dictionary

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