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Fathom can also refer to a unit of measure for water depth (6 feet), or to the act of measuring the depth of water.
  • I can't fathom why anyone would want to make themselves unhappy listening to political news all day.
fathom = understand
  • I can't fathom what she sees in him.
  • fathom = understand
  • For reasons unfathomable to the most experienced prophets in Maycomb County, autumn turned to winter that year.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • unfathomable = not understandable
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unfathomable means not and reverses the meaning of fathomable. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • He still had trouble fathoming the path his life had suddenly taken, nor could he reconcile it with the life he once had lived.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Few nations are more deeply eaten by that ulcer of convents which I have endeavored to fathom.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • If they have any success, it will be in transferring the problem of fathoming to the presumably adult reader, to the inner circle of listeners.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • He hated her with a passion that she could not even fathom.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • She may not have been immortal anymore, but she still had a grace and easiness about her that I could not fathom.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • My thoughts are stars I can't fathom into constellations.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Can anyone fathom the workings of a drunken man's mind?
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Another anchor was got ready and dropped in a fathom and a half of water.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • It was as though I were caught in a more monstrous conspiracy whose meaning I could not fathom.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • Frederic had never been a man of action, and now so much action was going on that he could hardly fathom it.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • Here in the bowels of this red lake she was now a stunning breed, and the thought of it filled her with a thrill she could hardly fathom.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • Well, I do not know that this place contains any secret which we have not already fathomed.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • — Fancying you to have fathomed his secret.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Amanda couldn't fathom the thought of eating.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • Yes, Melanie had a way with children that Scarlett could never fathom.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • It's hard for her to fathom.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • "Full fathom five thy father lies," Leah said back to her.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible

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