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(English) The unit of depth in the ocean for countries using the Imperial system of units. One fathom is equal to 6 feet or 1.83 meters. Also sometimes used in expressing horizontal distances, in which case 120 fathoms make one cable or very nearly one-tenth of a nautical mile (about 180 m). (See also: depth, nautical mile)
(French) L'unité de profondeur dans l'océan pour les pays qui utilisent le système Impérial des unités. Une brasse est égale à 6 pieds ou 1.83 mètres. Aussi quelquefois utilisé pour exprimer des distances horizontales en ce cas, 120 brasses font un câble ou presque un-dixième d'un mille nautique (environ 180 m). (See also: depth, nautical mile)
(Portuguese) Unidade de medida de profundidade nos países que usam o sistema Imperial de medida. Um fatom é igual a 6 pés ou a 1.83 m. Quando é utilizada para medir na horizontal corresponde a cerca de 1/10 duma milha náutica. (See also: depth, nautical mile)

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