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noun ca·ble \ˈkā-bəl\

Simple Definition of cable

  • : a thick, strong rope made of wires that are twisted together

  • : a wire that moves a part in a machine

  • : a group of wires, glass fibers, etc., covered in plastic or rubber and used to carry electricity or electrical signals

Full Definition of cable

  1. 1 a :  a strong rope especially of 10 inches (25 centimeters) or more in circumference b :  a cable-laid rope c :  a wire rope or metal chain of great tensile strength d :  a wire or wire rope by which force is exerted to control or operate a mechanism

  2. 2 :  cable length

  3. 3 a :  an assembly of electrical conductors insulated from each other but laid up together (as by being twisted around a central core) b :  cablegram; also :  a radio message or telegram

  4. 4 :  something resembling or fashioned like a cable <a fiber-optic cable>

  5. 5 :  cable television <a house with cable>

Examples of cable

  1. The bridge is held up by cables.

  2. Their company supplied cable for the project.

  3. We need more cable to hook up the computers.

Origin of cable

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin capulum lasso, from Latin capere to take — more at heave

First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with cable



verb ca·ble

Simple Definition of cable

  • : to send a message by telegraph

Full Definition of cable

ca·bledca·bling play \ˈkā-b(ə-)liŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to fasten with or as if with a cable

  3. 2 :  to provide with a cable or cables

  4. 3 :  to telegraph by submarine cable

  5. 4 :  to make into a cable or into a form resembling a cable

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to communicate by a submarine cable

ca·bler \-b(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of cable

  1. She cabled the news to the United States.

  2. She cabled her parents for money.

  3. The soldiers cabled back to headquarters.

Circa 1500

First Known Use of cable

circa 1500


biographical name Ca·ble \ˈkā-bəl\

Definition of Cable

  1. George Washington 1844–1925 Am. nov.

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