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Dictionaries :: Fathom

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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Fathom:

(Old A.S. faethm, "bosom," or the outstretched arms), a span of six feet (Act 27:28). Gr. orguia (from orego, "I stretch"), the distance between the extremities of both arms fully stretched out.

International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia

Fathom:

fath'-um (~orguia): The literal meaning is the length of the outstretched arms, and it was regarded as equal to 4 cubits, or about 6 feet. (Ac 27:28).

See WEIGHTS AND MEASURES

King James Dictionary

Fathom: Approx. 6 Feet.

But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven up and down in Adria, about midnight the shipmen deemed that they drew near to some country; And sounded, and found it twenty FATHOMs: and when they had gone a little further, they sounded again, and found it fifteen FATHOMS. (Acts 27:27-28)

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
1 Strong's Number: g3712 Greek: orguia

Fathom:

akin to orego, "to stretch," is the length of the outstretched arms, about six feet, Act 27:28 (twice).

Smith's Bible Dictionary

Fathom:

SEE [WEIGHTS AND MEASURES].

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