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Cable

[key-buhl]
noun
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cable (ˈkeɪbəl)
 
n
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
 
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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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cable
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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