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Fathom vs. Grasp

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Fathomnoun

(obsolete) Grasp, envelopment, control.

Graspverb

To grip; to take hold, particularly with the hand.

Fathomnoun

An English unit of length for water depth notionally based upon the width of grown man's outstretched arms but standardized as 6 feet (about 1.8{{nbsp}}m).

Graspverb

To understand.

‘I have never been able to grasp the concept of infinity.’;

Fathomnoun

(units of measure) Various similar units in other systems.

Graspverb

To take advantage of something, to seize, to jump at a chance.

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Fathomnoun

(figuratively) Depth of insight, mental reach or scope.

Graspnoun

Grip.

Fathomverb

To encircle with outstretched arms, especially to take a measurement; to embrace.

Graspnoun

Understanding.

Fathomverb

(transitive) To measure the depth of, take a sounding of.

Graspnoun

That which is accessible; that which is within one's reach or ability.

‘The goal is within my grasp.’;

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Fathomverb

To get to the bottom of; to manage to comprehend; understand (a problem etc.).

‘I can't for the life of me fathom what this means.’;

Graspverb

To seize and hold by clasping or embracing with the fingers or arms; to catch to take possession of.

‘Thy hand is made to grasp a palmer's staff.’;

Fathomnoun

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.

Graspverb

To lay hold of with the mind; to become thoroughly acquainted or conversant with; to comprehend.

Fathomnoun

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

‘Another of his fathom they have noneTo lead their business.’;

Graspverb

To effect a grasp; to make the motion of grasping; to clutch; to struggle; to strive.

‘As one that grasped And tugged for life and was by strength subdued.’;

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Fathomverb

To encompass with the arms extended or encircling; to measure by throwing the arms about; to span.

Graspnoun

A gripe or seizure of the hand; a seizure by embrace, or infolding in the arms.

Fathomverb

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

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

Graspnoun

Reach of the arms; hence, the power of seizing and holding; as, it was beyond his grasp.

Fathomnoun

a linear unit of measurement (equal to 6 feet) for water depth

Graspnoun

Forcible possession; hold.

‘The whole space that's in the tyrant's grasp.’;

Fathomnoun

(mining) a unit of volume (equal to 6 cubic feet) used in measuring bodies of ore

Graspnoun

Wide-reaching power of intellect to comprehend subjects and hold them under survey.

‘The foremost minds of the next . . . era were not, in power of grasp, equal to their predecessors.’;

Fathomverb

come to understand

Graspnoun

The handle of a sword or of an oar.

Fathomverb

measure the depth of (a body of water) with a sounding line

Graspnoun

understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something;

‘he has a good grasp of accounting practices’;

Fathom

A fathom is a unit of length in the imperial and the U.S. customary systems equal to 6 feet (1.8288 m), used especially for measuring the depth of water. The fathom is neither an International Standard (SI) unit, nor an internationally-accepted non-SI unit.

Graspnoun

the limit of capability;

‘within the compass of education’;

Graspnoun

a firm controlling influence;

‘they kept a firm grip on the two top priorities’; ‘he was in the grip of a powerful emotion’; ‘a terrible power had her in its grasp’;

Graspnoun

the act of grasping;

‘he released his clasp on my arm’; ‘he has a strong grip for an old man’; ‘she kept a firm hold on the railing’;

Graspverb

hold firmly

Graspverb

get the meaning of something;

‘Do you comprehend the meaning of this letter?’;

Grasp

A grasp is an act of taking, holding or seizing firmly with (or as if with) the hand. An example of a grasp is the handshake, wherein two people grasp one of each other's like hands.

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