a heavy, strong rope.
a very strong rope made of strands of metal wire, as used to support cable cars or suspension bridges.
a cord of metal wire used to operate or pull a mechanism.
a thick hawser made of rope, strands of metal wire, or chain.
Electricity. an insulated electrical conductor, often in strands, or a combination of electrical conductors insulated from one another.
Architecture. one of a number of reedings set into the flutes of a column or pilaster.
verb (used with object), cabled, cabling.
to send (a message) by cable.
to send a cablegram to.
to fasten with a cable.
to furnish with a cable.
to join (cities, parts of a country, etc.) by means of a cable television network: The state will be completely cabled in a few years.
verb (used without object), cabled, cabling.
to send a message by cable.

1175–1225; Middle English, probably < Old North French *cable < Late Latin capulum lasso; compare Latin capulāre to rope, halter (cattle), akin to capere to take

cablelike, adjective
recable, verb, recabled, recabling.
uncabled, adjective Unabridged


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cable (ˈkeɪbəl)
1.  a strong thick rope, usually of twisted hemp or steel wire
2.  nautical an anchor chain or rope
3.  a.  a unit of distance in navigation, equal to one tenth of a sea mile (about 600 feet)
 b.  cable length, Also called: cable's length a unit of length in nautical use that has various values, including 100 fathoms (600 feet)
4.  See also coaxial cable a wire or bundle of wires that conducts electricity: a submarine cable
5.  overseas telegram, international telegram, Also called: cablegram a telegram sent abroad by submarine cable, radio, communications satellite, or by telephone line
6.  See cable stitch
7.  short for cable television
8.  to send (a message) to (someone) by cable
9.  (tr) to fasten or provide with a cable or cables
10.  (tr) to supply (a place) with or link (a place) to cable television
[C13: from Old Norman French, from Late Latin capulum halter]

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, from O.N.Fr., from M.L. capulum "lasso, rope, halter for cattle," from L. capere "to take, seize" (see capable). Technically, in nautical use, a rope 10 or more inches around (smaller ones being hawsers); in non-nautical use, a rope of wire (not hemp or fiber). Given
a new range of senses in 19c.: Meaning "message received by telegraphic cable" is from 1883 (short for cable message). As a verb, "to tie up with cables" is from c.1500; "to transmit by cable" is 1871, Amer.Eng. Cable car is from 1887. Cable television first attested 1963; shortened form cable is from 1972.
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in electrical and electronic systems, a conductor or group of conductors for transmitting electric power or telecommunication signals from one place to another. Electric communication cables transmit voice messages, computer data, and visual images via electrical signals to telephones, wired radios, computers, teleprinters, facsimile machines, and televisions. There is no clear distinction between an electric wire and an electric cable. Usually the former refers to a single, solid metallic conductor, with or without insulation, while the latter refers to a stranded conductor or to an assembly of insulated conductors. With fibre-optic cables, made of flexible fibres of glass and plastic, electrical signals are converted to light pulses for the transmission of audio, video, and computer data

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Example sentences for cable
After graduating, he became a draftsman and advertising designer with a cable
Unusually large and heavy books are sometimes bound with wire or cable.
A wireless microphone is one in which the artist is not limited by a cable.
After five days the cable parted, perhaps as a result of rubbing on the bottom.
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