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

In 1969, in what some regard as the birth of the Internet, two connected computers at the University of California Los Angeles passed test data through a 15-foot cable. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 2 Sep. 2019 Where to watch: Netflix A Black Lady Sketch Show HBO’s latest comedy series, A Black Lady Sketch Show is easily the funniest thing to hit cable this summer. Wired, "8 Movies and TV Shows You Need to Stream This Weekend," 30 Aug. 2019 Along with teaching circus acts like ball walking and juggling, Kapelczak offers instruction in silks, trapeze and aerial acrobatics using a lyra hoop, which is a circular steel ring suspended in the air by a cable. Ramona Sentinel, "Lora Kapelczak flies high as an aerial acrobat artist," 29 Aug. 2019 The second span of the cable-stayed Kosciuszko Bridge (arguably pronounced ko-SHCH-OO-SH-ko), which connects Brooklyn and Queens over Newtown Creek, opened to vehicles on Thursday as part of an $873 million project. New York Times, "The City’s Most Hated Bridge Gets a Nearly $1 Billion Makeover," 29 Aug. 2019 Gone are the days of Princess Grace and Jackie O gliding down the mountain at Gstaad wearing designer sunglasses, cashmere turtlenecks underneath chunky wool cable knits, and slim, flattering waterproof trousers. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This Designer-Backed Women’s Ski Collection Will Actually Get You Excited For Winter," 29 Aug. 2019 Much like streaming companies have tried to disrupt the cable box, the internet has allowed for companies to sell their products directly to consumers (DTC), rather than through stores or resellers. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Peloton’s IPO filing is a roundup of every risky tech startup trend," 28 Aug. 2019 By re-engineering the cabin and rerouting cables related to lighting and air vents so that the controls could be moved from the ceiling above each seat, the PriestmanGoode team carved out enough bonus space to double the overhead capacity. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Airlines Are Finally Adding Perks Back to Economy Class," 28 Aug. 2019 In the Highlands alone, city officials identified around 100 roads the fiber optic cable installation had disturbed, according to Metro Councilman Brandon Coan, D-8th District. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Repairs underway on roads left damaged after Google Fiber's exit from Louisville," 28 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Those at OHB System, for example, have proposed fastening together with strong cabling any components expected to survive re-entry. The Economist, "No one has yet been killed by re-entering space junk," 10 Aug. 2019 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

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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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