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cable length


cable's length

or cable length

a nautical unit of length equivalent to 720 feet (219 meters) in the U.S. Navy and 608 feet (185 meters) in the British Navy.
Also called cable.
Origin of cable's length
1545-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She was away like a racehorse, clearing Balesuna Shoal with half a cable-length to spare.

    Adventure Jack London
  • Four-tenths of a second would make a difference of only one-tenth of a mile—a cable-length!

  • The Forward lay in a little harbor sheltered from the north, east, and south winds, about a cable-length from the shore.

  • The strange boat was steadily forging up-stream and presently it was disclosed to view no more than a cable-length away.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine

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