adjective Date: 1638 incapable of being fathomed ; immeasurable <
fathomless powers of gravity and chemistry — R. W. Emerson
fathomlessly adverbfathomlessness noun

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  • Fathomless — Fath om*less, a. 1. Incapable of being fathomed; immeasurable; that can not be sounded. [1913 Webster] And buckle in a waist most fathomless. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Incomprehensible. [1913 Webster] The fathomless absurdity. Milton. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fathomless — index incomprehensible, profound (intense) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • fathomless — 1630s, literal; 1640s, figurative; from FATHOM (Cf. fathom) + LESS (Cf. less) …   Etymology dictionary

  • fathomless — [fath′əm lis] adj. 1. too deep to be measured 2. incomprehensible fathomlessness n …   English World dictionary

  • fathomless — [[t]fæ̱ðəmləs[/t]] ADJ Something that is fathomless cannot be measured or understood because it gives the impression of being very deep, mysterious, or complicated. ...the fathomless space of the universe... The silence was fathomless and… …   English dictionary

  • fathomless — adjective literary 1 too deep to be measured: the fathomless ocean 2 too complicated to be understood: a fathomless mystery …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • fathomless — fathomlessly, adv. /fadh euhm lis/, adj. 1. impossible to measure the depth of; bottomless. 2. impossible to understand; incomprehensible: fathomless motives. [1600 10; FATHOM + LESS] * * * …   Universalium

  • fathomless — fath|om|less [ˈfæðəmləs] adj literary impossible to measure or understand ▪ the fathomless depths of the sea …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fathomless — fathom ► NOUN ▪ a unit of length equal to six feet (1.8 metres), used in measuring the depth of water. ► VERB 1) understand after much thought: I can t fathom him out. 2) measure the depth of. DERIVATIVES fathomable adjective fathomless adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • fathomless — adjective a) Very deep (especially of water deeper than a lead line can measure); bottomless b) unfathomable or incomprehensible …   Wiktionary

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