fæþm

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Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *faþmaz, from Proto-Indo-European *peth₂-. Cognate with Old Saxon faþmos; Dutch vadem, vaam; Old High German fadum (German Faden), Old Norse faðmr (Icelandic faðmur, Danish favn, Swedish famn). The Proto-Indo-European root is also the source of Ancient Greek πετάννυμι (petánnumi) and Latin pateō.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

fæþm m (nominative plural fæþmas)

  1. the outstretched arms; embrace, bosom
  2. envelopment, grasp, control, power
  3. fathom (measurement); cubit

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