2. Of or pertaining to a father.

(Fa"ther*ship), n. The state of being a father; fatherhood; paternity.

(Fath"om) n. [OE. fadme, faðme, AS. fæðm fathom, the embracing arms; akin to OS. faðmos the outstretched arms, D. vadem, vaam, fathom, OHG. fadom, fadum, G. faden fathom, thread, Icel. faðmr fathom, Sw. famn, Dan. favn; cf. Gr. to spread out, outspread, flat, L. patere to lie open, extend. Cf. Patent, Petal.]

1. A measure of length, containing six feet; the space to which a man can extend his arms; — used chiefly in measuring cables, cordage, and the depth of navigable water by soundings.

2. The measure or extant of one's capacity; depth, as of intellect; profundity; reach; penetration. [R.]

Another of his fathom they have none
To lead their business.

(Fath"om), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fathomed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Fathoming.]

1. To encompass with the arms extended or encircling; to measure by throwing the arms about; to span. [Obs.] Purchas.

2. To measure by a sounding line; especially, to sound the depth of; to penetrate, measure, and comprehend; to get to the bottom of. Dryden.

The page of life that was spread out before me seemed dull and commonplace, only because I had not fathomed its deeper import.

(Fath"om*a*ble) a. Capable of being fathomed.

(Fath"om*er) n. One who fathoms.

(Fath"om*less), a.

1. Incapable of being fathomed; immeasurable; that can not be sounded.

And buckle in a waist most fathomless.

2. Incomprehensible.

The fathomless absurdity.

(Fa*tid"i*cal) a. [L. fatidicus; fatum fate + dicere to say, tell.] Having power to foretell future events; prophetic; fatiloquent; as, the fatidical oak. [R.] Howell.Fa*tid"i*cal*ly, adv.

(Fa*tif"er*ous) a. [L. fatifer; fatum fate + ferre to bear, bring.] Fate-bringing; deadly; mortal; destructive. [R.] Johnson.

(Fat"i*ga*ble) a. [L. fatigabilis: cf. F. fatigable. See Fatigue.] Easily tired. [Obs.] Bailey.

(Fat"i*gate) a. [L. fatigatus, p. p. of fatigare. See Fatigue.] Wearied; tired; fatigued. [Obs.]

Requickened what in flesh was fatigate.

(Fat"i*gate) v. t. To weary; to tire; to fatigue. [Obs.] Sir T. Elyot.

(Fat`i*ga"tion) n. [L. fatigatio: cf. OF. fatigation.] Weariness. [Obs.] W. Montaqu.

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