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

After a wave of bipartisan condemnation and scathing cable news coverage, Trump issued a cleanup statement at the White House days later denouncing white supremacy. Jonathan Lemire, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump condemns ‘bigotry,’ stops short of major gun reform," 5 Aug. 2019 The nominees in eleven different categories included programs from broadcast networks, streaming services and cable. Therese Odell, Houston Chronicle, "The best TV shows of 2019, according to the Television Critics Association," 4 Aug. 2019 Traffic lights were also shut off after underground cables were dug up and cut, while railings were pulled from the sidewalk to use as barriers against riot police. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "After major Hong Kong shopping district rocked by chaos, twin protests loom," 4 Aug. 2019 Viacom, which used to be the leading cable programmer, has suffered from falling ratings and changing viewership patterns. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, "Viacom, CBS move closer to merger with tentative agreement on management structure," 2 Aug. 2019 The most effective and affordable way to pull in all available local channels is to install an outdoor antenna, just like during the pre-cable days. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "Getting an outdoor antenna to pull in blacked-out CBS? You could create a fire hazard.," 2 Aug. 2019 If the ratings don’t increase, these cable affiliates will use it to their advantage at the negotiating table. Bob Raissman, courant.com, "Retirement talk off limits for Suzyn Waldman, John Sterling," 2 Aug. 2019 And now those words and the scream heard round the premium cable viewing world have been turned into a summer bop of epic proportions. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "This remix of Meryl Streep's Big Little Lies scream is the summer bop we didn't know we needed," 1 Aug. 2019 In Aereo, regarding a Barry Diller funded streaming precursor, the Supreme Court likened that service to a cable operator and agreed that consent was needed. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC Sue Over Locast, a Free Streaming App," 31 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

From the outdoor Yagi, a leg of coax cabling needs to be routed indoors and fed to the signal booster, which then has an output port which connects to an indoor panel antenna via another coax run. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Ars reviews three cell signal boosters—and they actually work," 1 Aug. 2019 After cabling is complete, the underground electric will be energized and properties along the road will be switched from overhead to underground service. Steve Dreyer, Pomerado News, "Digging to resume along Espola Road," 25 June 2019 Remembering the Maine Newspapers spent tens of thousands of dollars cabling news. John Maxwell Hamilton, National Geographic, "In a battle for readers, two media barons sparked a war in the 1890s," 16 Apr. 2019 Ford cabled Washington that the government was using live ammunition to quell the demonstrations. Charles Glass, Harper's magazine, "“Tell Me How This Ends”," 10 Feb. 2019 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

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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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