cable

noun, often attributive
ca·​ble | \ ˈkā-bəl How to pronounce cable (audio) \

Definition of cable

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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
3a : 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
5a : cable television a house with cable
b : a cable infrastructure used to provide services other than television often used before another noun cable Internetcable telephony

cable

verb
cabled; cabling\ ˈkā-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce cabling (audio) \

Definition of cable (Entry 2 of 3)

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

Cable

biographical name
Ca·​ble | \ ˈkā-bəl How to pronounce Cable (audio) \

Definition of Cable (Entry 3 of 3)

George Washington 1844–1925 American novelist

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Other Words from cable

Verb

cabler \ ˈkā-​b(ə-​)lər \ noun

Synonyms for cable

Synonyms: Noun

cord, lace, lacing, line, rope, string, wire

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Examples of cable in a Sentence

Noun

The bridge is held up by cables. Their company supplied cable for the project. We need more cable to hook up the computers.

Verb

She cabled the news to the United States. She cabled her parents for money. The soldiers cabled back to headquarters.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the cables. Kimberly Veklerov, SFChronicle.com, "Yosemite’s Half Dome summit to reopen to hikers with cable installation," 5 June 2019 Much of the fiber optic cable the internet runs on was laid along railroad tracks, and Chicago acted as the connector between east and west. Ally Marotti, chicagotribune.com, "Illinois might be more attractive for data centers with potential new tax incentive," 4 June 2019 Dealers have not yet received parts, although the fix will involve replacing the shifter cable. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Ford Recalls 260,000 More Fusion Sedans for Breaking Shifter Cables," 15 May 2019 Like most in-ear monitors, the EN700 Pro utilizes an over-the-ear design in which the cable runs upward and around the back of each ear. Jim Rossman, The Seattle Times, "Tech review: Simgot in-ear monitors offer great sound and a great price," 13 Apr. 2019 The streamer Netflix, with 112 noms (up from 91 a year ago), edged out the cable service HBO, with 108 noms (down from 111 last year), following 17 years in which HBO led the field. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: Netflix and HBO Set to Compete on Equal Footing," 12 July 2018 Details are sketchy, but the aim is to plug into the internet cables beneath the Red Sea and create a hub for innovation, powered by renewable energy. The Economist, "Breaking the curseWhy Gulf economies struggle to wean themselves off oil," 21 June 2018 Fajman said the new policy will have the machines placed on racks, a cable will connect the machines and be secured to a steel beam. Craig Lyons, Post-Tribune, "Training aims to stop poll workers' errors from disqualifying votes," 19 June 2018 The AirPods free you the earbud cable without requiring the bulk of headphones. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Apple's Airpods Are an Omen," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Getting On Track Instead of ripping out and replacing the tunnels concrete bench walls and cabling, the plan calls for hanging new cables along the side of the tunnel's and repairing or reinforcing damaged sections of the wall. Paul Berger, WSJ, "How Engineers Working Pro Bono Solved New York’s Toughest Subway Problem," 6 Jan. 2019 That would allow the authority to install new cabling while keeping trains running on the old system. Paul Berger, WSJ, "How Engineers Working Pro Bono Solved New York’s Toughest Subway Problem," 6 Jan. 2019 The damage to subway cabling from corrosion was extensive, and the repairs have been strictly temporary patches. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 2018 Trump spent last Monday glued to cable news coverage of the FBI raid of his attorney Michael Cohen’s home, office and hotel room. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump fills the job of White House communications director — with himself," 17 Apr. 2018 Before the structure is finished, Aref said, crews should ensure that each of its components is secured by cabling or other supporting mechanisms. Francisco Alvarado, Susan Svrluga, Washington Post, "Recovery efforts continue following Florida bridge collapse; at least 6 dead," 16 Mar. 2018 The bulk of sales currently come from electrical systems—cabling, connectors and the like—which will do nicely as cars become ever more like computers on wheels. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Why Delphi Could Become a Tech Takeover Target," 3 Sep. 2017 It’s been rewired and cabled, according to the estate listing, and replica tiles and fixtures have been installed. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Former Howard Hughes desert home for sale in California," 31 Jan. 2018 New York State will also invest $6 million in enhancements at the Coliseum to meet league requirements, including dehumidification and cabling infrastructure for media and broadcasters, according to a release issued by the governor’s office. Allan Kreda, New York Times, "Until New Arena Is Done, Islanders Will Play Part-Time at Nassau Coliseum," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of cable

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

circa 1500, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for cable

Noun

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

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The first known use of cable was in the 13th century

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cable

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of cable (Entry 2 of 2)

: to send a message by telegraph

cable

noun
ca·​ble | \ ˈkā-bəl How to pronounce cable (audio) \

Kids Definition of cable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

cable

verb
cabled; cabling

Kids Definition of cable (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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