- (obsolete) grasp, Grasp, envelopment, control.
- (nautical) A measure of length corresponding to the outstretched arms, standardised to six feet, now used mainly for measuring depths in seas or oceans.
- (archaic) To encircle with outstretched arms, especially to take a measurement; to embrace.
- To measure the depth of, take a sounding of.
- (figuratively) To get to the bottom of; to manage to comprehend (a problem etc.).
Etymology: Old English fíím "outstretched arms", from Germanic
- I can't for the life of me what this means.
- faímaz, from Indo-European
- pet-. Cognate with Dutch vadem, vaam, German Faden, Swedish famn.
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