Definitions for cableˈkeɪ bəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ca•bleˈkeɪ bəl(n.; v.)-bled, -bling.

  1. (n.)a heavy, strong rope.

  2. a very strong rope made of strands of metal wire, used to support cable cars, suspension bridges, etc.

    Category: Machinery

  3. a cord of metal wire used to operate or pull a mechanism.

    Category: Machinery

  4. Naut. a thick hawser made of rope, strands of metal wire, or chain. a nautical unit of length equal to 720 feet (219 m).

    Category: Civil Engineering, Navy, Nautical

  5. an insulated electrical conductor, often in strands, or a combination of electrical conductors insulated from one another.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  6. cablegram .

    Category: Telegraphy and Telephony

  7. cable television.

    Category: Radio and Television, Showbiz

  8. cable stitch .

    Category: Clothing

  9. an ornament or molding resembling the twisted strands of a rope.

    Category: Architecture

  10. (v.t.)to send (a message) by cable.

    Category: Telegraphy and Telephony

  11. to send a cablegram to.

    Category: Telegraphy and Telephony

  12. to fasten or furnish with a cable.

  13. to work or fashion with cable stitch.

    Category: Clothing

  14. (v.i.)to send a message by cable.

    Category: Telegraphy and Telephony

  15. to cable-stitch.

    Category: Clothing

Origin of cable:

1175–1225; ME, prob. < ONF *cable < LL capulum lasso

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cable, cablegram, overseas telegram(noun)

    a telegram sent abroad

  2. cable, line, transmission line(noun)

    a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power

  3. cable(noun)

    a very strong thick rope made of twisted hemp or steel wire

  4. cable, cable length, cable's length(noun)

    a nautical unit of depth

  5. cable television, cable(noun)

    television that is transmitted over cable directly to the receiver

  6. cable, cable television, cable system, cable television service(verb)

    a television system that transmits over cables

  7. cable, telegraph, wire(verb)

    send cables, wires, or telegrams

  8. cable(verb)

    fasten with a cable

    "cable trees"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. cable(noun)ˈkeɪ bəl

    a television or Internet service delivered through wires

    Do you have cable or satellite?; cable TV

  2. cableˈkeɪ bəl

    covered wires for carrying electricity or other signals

    cables running under the floor; a television cable

  3. cableˈkeɪ bəl

    a metal rope used in construction

    steel cables; 100 yards of cable


  1. cable(Noun)

    A strong, large-diameter wire or rope, or something resembling such a rope.

  2. cable(Noun)

    An assembly of two or more cable-laid ropes

  3. cable(Noun)

    An assembly of two or more wires, used for electrical power or data circuits; one or more and/or the whole may be insulated.

  4. cable(Noun)

    A heavy rope or chain of at least 10 inches thick, as used to moor or anchor a ship

  5. cable(Noun)

    (communications) A system for receiving television or Internet service over coaxial or fibreoptic cables

    I tried to watch the movie last night but my cable was out.

  6. cable(Noun)

    Short for cable television, broadcast over the above network, not by antenna

  7. cable(Noun)

    A telegram, notably when send by (submarine) telegraph cable

  8. cable(Noun)

    A unit of length equal to one tenth of a nautical mile

  9. cable(Noun)

    The currency pair British Pound against United States Dollar

  10. cable(Verb)

    To provide with cable(s)

  11. cable(Verb)

    To fasten (as if) with cable(s)

  12. cable(Verb)

    To wrap wires to form a cable

  13. cable(Verb)

    To send a telegram by cable

  14. cable(Verb)

    To communicate by cable

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cable(noun)

    a large, strong rope or chain, of considerable length, used to retain a vessel at anchor, and for other purposes. It is made of hemp, of steel wire, or of iron links

  2. Cable(noun)

    a rope of steel wire, or copper wire, usually covered with some protecting or insulating substance; as, the cable of a suspension bridge; a telegraphic cable

  3. Cable(noun)

    a molding, shaft of a column, or any other member of convex, rounded section, made to resemble the spiral twist of a rope; -- called also cable molding

  4. Cable(verb)

    to fasten with a cable

  5. Cable(verb)

    to ornament with cabling. See Cabling

  6. Cable

    to telegraph by a submarine cable


  1. Cable

    A cable is most often two or more wires running side by side and bonded, twisted, or braided together to form a single assembly, but can also refer to a heavy strong rope. In mechanics, cables, otherwise known as wire ropes, are used for lifting, hauling, and towing or conveying force through tension. In electrical engineering cables are used to carry electric currents. An optical cable contains one or more optical fibers in a protective jacket that supports the fibers. Electric cables discussed here are mainly meant for installation in buildings and industrial sites. For power transmission at distances greater than a few kilometres see high-voltage cable, power cables, and HVDC.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Cable

    (a) Abbreviation for Cablegram, q. v. (b) v. It is also used as a verb, meaning to transmit a message by submarine cable. (c). An insulated electric conductor, of large diameter. It often is protected by armor or metallic sheathing and may be designed for use as an aerial, submarine, subterranean or conduit cable. A cable often contains a large number of separately insulated conductors, so as to supply a large number of circuits.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cable' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4793

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cable' in Nouns Frequency: #1596

Translations for cable

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(a) strong rope or chain for hauling or tying anything, especially a ship.

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