jumper cables

plural noun

Definition of jumper cables

: a pair of electrical cables with alligator clips used to make a connection for jump-starting a vehicle

Examples of jumper cables in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This may include a portable cell phone charger, flashlight, jumper cables, tire pressure gauge, extra windshield wiper fluid, blankets, and flares, according to the NHTSA. Tonya Russell, SELF, "8 Car Safety Tips Parents Should Know for Future Road Trips," 23 Nov. 2020 Everyone should have a jump starter or jumper cables in their trunk in case of emergencies. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "2020 Black Friday Deals for Car Lovers," 20 Nov. 2020 Tools, reflective triangle, window-breaking tool, whistle, and jumper cables. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "10 Prime Day Deals on Things You Need in Your Car’s Trunk This Winter," 13 Oct. 2020 At trial, jurors heard detailed testimony of the numerous stab wounds inflicted on Bradley by a power drill, a crotchet hook, a butcher knife and jumper cables. Rochelle Olson, Star Tribune, "Hennepin County jury convicts 67-year-old in murder of Minneapolis landlord, friend," 9 Sep. 2020 Items stolen from inside of the vehicle included golf clubs, golf shoes, jumper cables a car seat and tennis racket valued at $2,000. John Benson, cleveland, "Resident’s unlocked Honda Pilot with keys left inside stolen from driveway: Brecksville Police Blotter," 19 Aug. 2020 Police said that at about 3:09 p.m. on Sunday, Shavon LewisRoby, 28, took jumper cables and hung her mother’s dog from a gate at a home on East Euclid Street in Detroit's Midtown area. Emma Dale, Detroit Free Press, "Police: Roseville woman used jumper cables to hang mother's dog from gate," 18 June 2020 There was literally a jumper cable running through the pressure hull, tucked behind Victor’s seat. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "Thirty-six Thousand Feet," 10 May 2020 Go over how to change a vehicle’s oil, check tire pressure, run jumper cables and swap a tire. Christine Peterson, Outdoor Life, "11 Outdoor Skills You Can Teach Your Child," 24 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of jumper cables

circa 1926, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of jumper cables was circa 1926

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28 Nov 2020

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“Jumper cables.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jumper%20cables. Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of jumper cables

US : a pair of electrical cables that are used to start a car, truck, etc., when its battery is not working by connecting the battery to another source of power (such as another car's battery) : cables used to jump-start a vehicle

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