What does cable mean?

Definitions for cable
ˈkeɪ bəlca·ble

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word cable.

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"


  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

    Etymology: [F. cble, LL. capulum, caplum, a rope, fr. L. capere to take; cf. D., Dan., & G. kabel, from the French. See Capable.]

  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

    Etymology: [F. cble, LL. capulum, caplum, a rope, fr. L. capere to take; cf. D., Dan., & G. kabel, from the French. See Capable.]

  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

    Etymology: [F. cble, LL. capulum, caplum, a rope, fr. L. capere to take; cf. D., Dan., & G. kabel, from the French. See Capable.]

  4. Cable(verb)

    to fasten with a cable

    Etymology: [F. cble, LL. capulum, caplum, a rope, fr. L. capere to take; cf. D., Dan., & G. kabel, from the French. See Capable.]

  5. Cable(verb)

    to ornament with cabling. See Cabling

    Etymology: [F. cble, LL. capulum, caplum, a rope, fr. L. capere to take; cf. D., Dan., & G. kabel, from the French. See Capable.]

  6. Cable

    to telegraph by a submarine cable

    Etymology: [F. cble, LL. capulum, caplum, a rope, fr. L. capere to take; cf. D., Dan., & G. kabel, from the French. See Capable.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cable

    kā′bl, n. a strong rope or chain which ties anything, esp. a ship to her anchor: a nautical measure of 100 fathoms; a cable for submarine telegraphs composed of wires embedded in gutta-percha and encased in coiled strands of iron wire; a bundle of insulated wires laid underground in a street: a cable-message.—v.t. to provide with a cable, to tie up: to transmit a message, or to communicate with any one by submarine telegram.—ns. Cā′blegram, a message sent by submarine telegraph cable; Cā′ble-mould′ing, a bead or moulding carved in imitation of a thick rope; Cā′bling, a bead or moulding like a thick rope, often worked in flutes: the filling of flutes with a moulding like a cable.—Slip the cable, to let it run out. [Fr.—Low L. caplum, a halter—cap-ĕre, to hold.]

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. cable

    A thick, strong rope or chain which serves to keep a ship at anchor; the rope is cable-laid, 10 inches in circumference and upwards (those below this size being hawsers), commonly of hemp or coir, which latter is still used by the Calcutta pilot-brigs on account of its lightness and elasticity. But cables have recently, and all but exclusively, been superseded by iron chain.--A shot of cable, two cables spliced together.

Editors Contribution

  1. cable

    A type of product created and designed in various colors, forms and sizes.

    The cable for the computer is connected and works easily and efficiently.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 26, 2020  

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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

How to pronounce cable?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cable in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of cable in a Sentence

  1. Barack Obama:

    If what you are doing requires no sacrifice at all, then you can do more, if you are one of these folks who is watching cable news at your cocktail parties with your friends and you are saying' civilization is collapsing' and you are nervous and worried, but that is not where you are putting all your time, energy and money, then either you don't actually think civilization is collapsing... or you are not pushing yourself hard enough and I would push harder.

  2. Marise Payne:

    The cable is so practical, so important and so emblematic of the relationship between Australia and our key partners in the Pacific, the Coral Sea Cable will deliver for Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands a connected future, Payne said, adding that the aim was for the cable to be operational by December. China denies using economic aid as political leverage, insisting it considers the ability of a country to repay loans when offering finance. In a bid to counter China, Australia has offered A$ 3 billion( $ 2.03 billion) in cheap loans and grants to the Pacific. The competition for influence in the Pacific has soured bilateral relations between Australia and China. The relationship came under further strain on Tuesday when China confirmed it has formally arrested a Chinese-born Australian writer on suspicion of espionage. Yang Hengjun, a former Chinese diplomat turned online journalist and blogger, was detained in January. Payne on Tuesday said Australia held grave concerns about Yang Hengjun and the.

  3. Kyle Stewart:

    The highlight of the trip was getting on a train for less than $ 1 for a 70-minute journey into the rolling hills just outside of Beijing, we took a cable car ride to the Great Wall and walked it with our daughter.

  4. Daniel Sepulveda:

    There are multiple proposals before the Cuban government to have an undersea cable connected from Miami to Havana.

  5. Jill Rosengard Hill:

    That total still equals less than what people are paying for traditional cable or satellite packages, today, millennials who subscribe to more streaming services are used to actively managing their subscriptions and share of wallet that goes to video content.

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