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FÆÐM

  • noun [ masculinefeminine ]
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FÆÐM, es; m: also in prose fæðm, e; f.
the embracing arms; brachia amplexa, circumdăta
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  • fæðmum clyppaþ

    they will clasp them in their arms,

    • Exon. 107 a
    • ;
    • Th. 409,
    • 8;
    • Rä. 27,
    • 25.
  • He wæs upphafen engla fæðmum

    he was upraised in the arms of angels,

    • Exon. 17 a
    • ;
    • Th. 41,
    • 6;
    • Cri. 651
    • .
  • Wæs Gúþláces gǽst gelǽded engla fæðmum

    the spirit of Guthlac was led in the arms of angels,

    • Exon, 44 a
    • ;
    • Th. 148,
    • 33;
    • Gú. 754
    • .
  • Ðá hét lífes brytta englas síne fæðmum ferigean leófne

    then the giver of life commanded his angels to bear the dear one in their arms,

    • Andr. Kmbl. 1647
    • ;
    • An. 825
    • .
what embraces or contains, -
A lap, bosom, breast; quicquid complectĭtur vel comprehendit alĭquid, sĭnus, grĕmium, interna, pectus
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  • Me on fæðme sticaþ

    places me in the bosom,

    • Exon. 103 b
    • ;
    • Th. 394,
    • 1;
    • Rä. 13,
    • 11.
  • On fæder fæðme

    in the bosom of the father,

    • Menol. Fox 583
    • ;
    • Gn. C. 61
    • .
  • He lǽdeþ in his ánes fæðm ealle gesceafta

    he leadeth into the bosom of himself alone all creatures,

    • Exon. 93 a
    • ;
    • Th. 349,
    • 34;
    • Sch. 56
    • .
  • Deáþ in eorþan fæðm sendaþ lǽne líchoman

    death sends frail bodies into earth's bosom,

    • Exon. 62 b
    • ;
    • Th. 231,
    • 11;
    • Ph. 487
    • .
  • Heó losaþ ne on foldan fæðm

    she shall not escape into earth's bosom,

    • Beo. Th. 2790
    • ;
    • B. 1393
    • .
  • To Fæder fæðmum

    in his Father's bosom,

    • Beo. Th. 378
    • ;
    • B. 188
    • .
  • Uppastód of brimes bósme on bátes fæðm egesa ofer ýþlid

    terror uprose front the bosom of the sea on the lap of the boat over our wave-ship,

    • Andr. Kmbl. 888
    • ;
    • An. 444
    • .
  • Ðara ðe lífes gást fæðmum þeahte

    of those who covered in their breasts the spirit of life,

    • Cd. 64
    • ;
    • Th. 77,
    • 28;
    • Gen. 1282
    • .
  • In fæðm fýres into the bosom of the fire, Cd. 184; Th. 230, 16; Dan. 234, Astág mægna gold-hord in fǽmnan fæðm

    the treasury of might [Christ] descended into a virgin's womb,

    • Exon. 19 b
    • ;
    • Th. 49,
    • 19;
    • Cri. 788
    • .
that part of the arm on which one leans, hence-A cubit, the length from the elbow to the wrist, said to be estimated at one foot six inches or 18 inches; cŭbĭtus. v. eln
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  • Fæðm betwux elbogan and handwyrste

    a cubit is betwixt the elbow and wrist,

    • Ælfc. Gl. 72
    • ;
    • Som. 70,
    • 126;
    • Wrt. Voc. 43,
    • 51.
  • Þreó hund fæðma biþ se arc on lenge

    trĕcentōrum cŭbĭtōrum ĕrit longĭtūdo arcæ,

    • Gen. 6,
    • 15.
  • And ðú getíhst his heáhnisse togædere on ufeweardum to ánre fæðme

    et in cŭbĭto consummābis summĭtātem ejus,

    • Gen. 6,
    • 16.
both the arms extended, now a
FATHOM = six feet; spătium utriusque brachii extensiōne contentum,
  • Cot. 162? Lye
  • .
the arms extended for embracing or protecting,-
An embrace, protection; amplexus, complexus, protectio
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  • Wæs wíf Abrahames lǽded on fremdes fæðm

    the wife of Abraham was led to the embrace of a stranger,

    • Cd. 124
    • ;
    • Th. 159,
    • 7;
    • Gen. 2631
    • .
  • Sceolde monig ides bifiende gán on fremdes fæðm

    many a damsel trembling must go into the embrace of a stranger,

    • Cd. 92
    • ;
    • Th. 118,
    • 26;
    • Gen. 1971
    • .
  • Þurh flódes fæðm

    through the embrace of the flood,

    • Andr. Kmbl. 3230
    • ;
    • An. 1618
    • .
  • Hæfde wederwolcen wídum fæðmum eorþan and upródor gedǽled

    the storm-cloud had divided with wide embraces the earth and firmament above,

    • Cd. 146
    • ;
    • Th. 182,
    • 14;
    • Exod. 75
    • .
  • Hwá mec bregde of brimes fæðmum

    who drew me from the embrace of ocean?

    • Exon. 101 a
    • ;
    • Th. 382,
    • 19;
    • Rä. 3,
    • 13.
in the hands or power of-
Grasp, power; pŏtestas, dĭtio
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  • Gehwearf ðá in Francna fæðm feorh cyninges

    the life of the king then departed into the power [grasp] of the Franks,

    • Beo. Th. 2424
    • ;
    • B. 1210
    • .
  • Gé of feónda fæðme weorþen

    ye escape from the power of enemies,

    • Cd. 158
    • ;
    • Th. 196,
    • 20;
    • Exod. 294
    • .
  • Ðe ic alýsde feóndum of fæðme

    which I released from the power of foes,

    • Exon. 29 b
    • ;
    • Th. 91,
    • 2;
    • Cri. 1486
    • .
what is extended,-
An expanse, abyss, deep; expansum, tractus, superfĭcies, abyssus, profundum
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  • Siððan leóhtes weard ofer ealne foldan fæðm fýr onsendeþ

    after that the guardian of light shall send fire over all the expanse of earth,

    • Exon. 116 b
    • ;
    • Th. 448,
    • 14;
    • Dóm. 54
    • .
  • Bodiaþ beorhtne geleáfan ofer foldan fæðm

    preach the bright faith throughout the expanse of the earth,

    • Andr. Kmbl. 671
    • ;
    • An. 336
    • .
  • Se bráda sǽ bræc on eorþan fæðm

    the broad sea broke on to the tract of earth,

    • Exon. 24 b
    • ;
    • Th. 70,
    • 32;
    • Cri. 1147
    • .
  • Swá hie wið eorþan fæðm þúsend wintra ðǽr eardodon

    as if they had rested there on the plain of earth a thousand winters,

    • Beo. Th. 6091
    • ;
    • B. 3049
    • .
  • Hie on flódes fæðm ceólum lácaþ

    they sail in ships on the expanse of the food,

    • Andr. Kmbl. 503
    • ;
    • An. 252
    • .
Etymology
[
Chauc. fadmen, pl. fathoms:
Laym. ueðme fathom:
Plat. fadem, faem a thread, cubit:
O. Sax. faðmós , pl. m. the hands and arms:
Dut. vadem, vaam, f. a fathom:
Kil. vadem fīlum quod intra mănus extensas contĭnētur, mensūra mănuum expensārum, ulna, passus:
Ger. faden, fadem, m. a thread, cubit:
M. H. Ger. vadem, vaden, m:
O. H. Ger. fadam, fadum, m. n. fīlum:
Dan. favn, m. f:
Swed. famn, m:
Icel. faðmr, m. a fathom
.]
Derived forms
heoru-fæðm, lagu-, wæl-
Linked entries
v.  feðm fæðem.
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