coaxial cable


Definition of 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 Physical phone, coaxial cable, or fiber optic hookups are rare in the country. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Myanmar’s Internet Shutdown Is an Act of 'Vast Self-Harm'," 2 Apr. 2021 Typically, that's the black box with a coaxial cable going into it, and the Verizon or Comcast logo somewhere. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "How to Test Your Home WiFi Speed in 3 Easy Steps," 29 Mar. 2021 After plugging your gateway in and connecting the coaxial cable, connect a computer to the device with an ethernet cable. Peter Mcpherson,, "Should I buy a modem and router together or separate?," 11 Mar. 2021 The speeds were delivered over a hybrid fiber-cable network, with the coaxial cable providing the final connection into the home. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Comcast says gigabit downloads and uploads are now possible over cable," 8 Oct. 2020 Each apartment had coaxial cable installed, configured for 50Mbps symmetrical connections to the building's 1Gbps WAN via Positron Access MOCA equipment—but there was no provision for wired networking within the units themselves. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Digital equity program in Maryland adds Plume Wi-Fi to its Internet access," 22 Sep. 2020 This can be accomplished via a coaxial cable, an ethernet cable, or even through your home's electrical wiring. Allen Foster,, "The best WiFi extender of 2020," 4 Aug. 2020 Networks using coaxial cable, the kind that dominate in metro Denver and other cities, are designed to provide download to upload capacity at a 10:1 ratio. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Download speeds in Denver and Littleton lag under the strain of increased internet traffic," 27 Mar. 2020 Cable – Cable internet service comes from the same coaxial cable network that is used with cable television. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "Best internet deals to save money and maximize speed," 20 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of coaxial cable

1935, in the meaning defined above

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15 Apr 2021

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“Coaxial cable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of coaxial cable

technical : a type of electric cable that is used to send telegraph, telephone, and television signals

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