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cable

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noun, often attributive ca·ble \ ˈkā-bəl \

Definition of cable

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
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 :something resembling or fashioned like a cable
  • a fiber-optic cable
5 a :cable television
  • a house with cable
b :a cable infrastructure used to provide services other than television often used before another noun
  • cable Internet
  • cable telephony

Examples of cable in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of cable

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

cable Synonyms

Synonyms
cord, lace, lacing, line, rope, string, wire
Related Words
guy, halyard, lanyard, stay; bungee cord, whipcord

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cable

verb

Definition of cable

cabled; cabling play \ˈkā-b(ə-)liŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to fasten with or as if with a cable
2 :to provide with a cable or cables
3 :to telegraph by submarine cable
4 :to make into a cable or into a form resembling a cable
intransitive verb
:to communicate by a submarine cable

cabler

\-b(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of cable in a Sentence

  1. She cabled the news to the United States.

  2. She cabled her parents for money.

  3. The soldiers cabled back to headquarters.

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First Known Use of cable

circa 1500


Cable

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biographical name Ca·ble \ ˈkā-bəl \

Definition of Cable

George Washington 1844–1925 American novelist


CABLE Defined for English Language Learners

cable

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noun

Definition of cable for English Language Learners

  • : 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


cable

verb

Definition of cable for English Language Learners

  • : to send a message by telegraph


CABLE Defined for Kids

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cable

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noun ca·ble \ ˈkā-bəl \

Definition of cable for Students

1 :a very strong rope, wire, or chain
2 :a bundle of wires to carry electric current

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cable

verb

Definition of cable for Students

cabled; cabling
:to send a message by telegraph
  • She cabled the news to her parents.


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