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 noneShak.
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.
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.Hawthotne.
(Fath"om*a*ble) a. Capable of being fathomed.
(Fath"om*er) n. One who fathoms.
1. Incapable of being fathomed; immeasurable; that can not be sounded.
And buckle in a waist most fathomless.Shak.
The fathomless absurdity.Milton.
(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.
(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.Shak.
(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.