coaxial cable


: a transmission line that consists of a tube of electrically conducting material surrounding a central conductor held in place by insulators and that is used to transmit telegraph, telephone, television, and Internet signals

called also coax cable

Examples of coaxial cable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ethernet, meanwhile, had become synonymous with coaxial cable connections that used a method called carrier sense multiple access with collision detection for managing transmissions. IEEE Spectrum, 7 Apr. 2024 Around him, an army of electricians run BX and coaxial cable in open walls, contractors balance on stepladders, white couches are still wrapped in plastic, bathrooms are unfinished. Abe Beame, Rolling Stone, 7 Apr. 2024 Simply branching the thick coaxial cable wasn't possible; that would do bad things to the data signals. Iljitsch Van Beijnum, Ars Technica, 29 June 2023 Using coaxial cables rather than radio waves would allow faster transmission of data and limit interference. IEEE Spectrum, 16 Nov. 2023 Due to a faulty communication coaxial cable connector, the rearview camera image may not appear on the display. Reuters, NBC News, 23 June 2023 Honda said the issue can be attributed to a defective coaxial cable connector, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Mark Heim |, al, 23 June 2023 Frank Drendel, founder of coaxial cable producer CommScope based in Hickory, said on Saturday that Mr. Broyhill’s work to get a law passed in 1978 so that cable companies could connect their cables to other utility poles helped the cable industry soar. Gary D. Robertson,, 18 Feb. 2023 An adapter to connect the rabbit ears’ U.S. coaxial cable to the dongle’s European socket cost a couple of dollars. IEEE Spectrum, 25 June 2013

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Word History

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of coaxial cable was in 1935

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“Coaxial cable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

coaxial cable

co·​ax·​i·​al cable
: a cable that consists of a tube of electrically conducting material surrounding a central conductor and is used to send telegraph, telephone, and television signals

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