Dictionary: FATH'OM – FAT'TEN

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FATH'OM, v.t.

  1. To encompass with the arms extended or encircling.
  2. To reach; to master; to comprehend. Leave to fathom such high points as these. Dryden.
  3. To reach in depth; to sound; to try the depth. Our depths who fathoms. Pope.
  4. To penetrate; to find the bottom or extent. I can not fathom his design.


Encompassed with the arms; reached; comprehended.


One who fathoms.


Encompassing with the amts; reaching; comprehending; sounding; penetrating.


  1. That of which no bottom can be found; bottomless.
  2. That can not be embraced, or encompassed with the arms. Shak.
  3. Not to be penetrated or comprehended.

FA-TID'IC-AL, a. [L. fatidicus; fatum and dico.]

Having power to foretell future events; prophetic. Howell.

FA-TIF'ER-OUS, a. [L. fatifer; fatum and fero.]

Deadly; mortal; destructive. Dict.

FAT'I-GA-BLE, a. [See Fatigue.]

That may be wearied; easily tired.


Wearied; tired. [Little used.] Elyot.

FAT'I-GATE, v.t. [L. fatigo.]

To weary; to tire. [Little used.]


Weariness. W. Mount.

FA-TIGUE', n. [fatee'g; Fr. id.; Arm. faticq; It. fatica; Sp. fatiga; from L. fatigo. It seems to be allied to L. fatisco; if so, the sense is a yielding or relaxing.]

  1. Weariness with bodily labor or mental exertion; lassitude or exhaustion of strength. We suffer fatigue of the used as well as of the body.
  2. The cause of weariness; labor; toil; as, the fatigues of war.
  3. The labors of military men, distinct from the use of arms; as, a party of men on fatigue.

FA-TIGUE', v.t. [fatee'g; L. fatigo; It. faticare; Sp. fatigar.]

  1. To tire; to weary with labor or any bodily or mental exertion; to harass with toil; to exhaust the strength by severe or long continued exertion.
  2. To weary by importunity; to harass.

FA-TIGU'ED, pp. [fatee'ged.]

Wearied; tired; harassed.

FA-TIGU-ING, ppr. [fatee'ging.]

  1. Tiring; wearying; harassing.
  2. adj. Inducing weariness or lassitude; as, fatiguing services or labors.

FA-TIL'O-QUIST, n. [L. fatum and loquor.]

A fortune teller.

FA-TIS'CENCE, n. [L. fatisco, to open, to gape.]

A gaping or opening; a state of being chinky. Dict. Kirwan.

FAT-KID'NEY-ED, a. [fat and kidney.]

Fat; gross; a word used in contempt. Shak.

FAT'LING, n. [from fat.]

A lamb, kid or other young animal fattened for slaughter; a fat animal; applied to quadrupeds whose flesh is used for food. David sacrificed oxen and fatlings. 2 Sam. vi.

FAT'LY, adv.

Grossly; greasily.


That which fattens; that which gives fatness or richness and fertility. Arbuthnot.

FAT'NESS, n. [from fat.]

  1. The quality of being fat, plump, or full fed; corpulency; fullness of flesh. Their eyes stand out with fatness. Ps. lxxiii.
  2. Unctuous or greasy matter. Bacon.
  3. Unctuousness; sliminess; applied to earth: hence, richness; fertility; fruitfulness. God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine. Gen. xxvii.
  4. That which gives fertility. Thy paths drop fatness. Ps. lxv. The clouds drop fatness. Philips.
  5. The privileges and pleasures of religion; abundant blessings. Let your soul delight itself in fatness. Is. iv.

FAT'TED, pp.

Made fat.

FAT'TEN, v.i. [fat'n.]

To grow fat or corpulent; to grow plump, thick or fleshy; to be pampered. And villains fatten with the brave man's labor. Otway. Tigers and wolves shall in the ocean breed, / The whale and dolphin fatten on the mead. Glanville.

FAT'TEN, v.t. [fat'n.]

  1. To make fat; to feed for slaughter; to make fleshy, or plump with fat.
  2. To make fertile and fruitful; to enrich; as, to fatten land; to fatten fields with blood. Dryden.
  3. To feed grossly; to fill. Dryden.