What does cable mean?

Definitions for cable
ˈkeɪ bəlca·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cable, cablegram, overseas telegramnoun

    a telegram sent abroad

  2. cable, line, transmission linenoun

    a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power

  3. cablenoun

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

  4. cable, cable length, cable's lengthnoun

    a nautical unit of depth

  5. cable television, cablenoun

    television that is transmitted over cable directly to the receiver

  6. cable, cable television, cable system, cable television serviceverb

    a television system that transmits over cables

  7. cable, telegraph, wireverb

    send cables, wires, or telegrams

  8. cableverb

    fasten with a cable

    "cable trees"


  1. cablenoun

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

  2. cablenoun

    An assembly of two or more cable-laid ropes

  3. cablenoun

    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. cablenoun

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

  5. cablenoun

    (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. cablenoun

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

  7. cablenoun

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

  8. cablenoun

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

  9. cablenoun

    The currency pair British Pound against United States Dollar

  10. cableverb

    To provide with cable(s)

  11. cableverb

    To fasten (as if) with cable(s)

  12. cableverb

    To wrap wires to form a cable

  13. cableverb

    To send a telegram by cable

  14. cableverb

    To communicate by cable

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Cablenoun

    The great rope of a ship to which the anchor is fastened.

    Etymology: cabl, Welch; cabel, Dutch.

    What though the mast be now blown overboard,
    The cable broke, the holding anchor lost,
    And half our sailors swallow’d in the flood,
    Yet lives our pilot still? William Shakespeare, Henry VI. p. iii.

    True it is, that the length of the cable is the life of the ship in all extremities; and the reason is, because it makes so many bendings and waves, as the ship, riding at that length, is not able to stretch it; and nothing breaks that is not stretched. Walter Raleigh, Essays.

    The cables crack, the sailors fearful cries
    Ascend; and sable night involves the skies. John Dryden, Virg.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cablenoun

    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. Cablenoun

    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. Cablenoun

    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. Cableverb

    to fasten with a cable

  5. Cableverb

    to ornament with cabling. See Cabling

  6. Cable

    to telegraph by a submarine cable

  7. 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

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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. Colton Haab:

    I expected to be able to ask my questions and give my opinions on my questions, Colton Haab said told a local ABC affiliate, WPLG-TV. CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions, and it ended up being all scripted. The left-leaning cable news network denied the charge in a tweet, saying There is absolutely no truth to this. Colton Haab said Colton Haab was asked to prepare a speech and some questions, and Colton Haab was planning to ask about school safety, and the possibility of using veterans as armed security guards in schools, but was rejected by CNN. After being told Colton Haab had to ask a scripted question, Colton Haab decided not to attend the town hall. I don't think that it's going get anything accomplished. It's not gon na ask the true questions that all the parents and teachers and students have.

  2. Francesco Starace:

    While we are visiting these homes, the same people that will shut the power off and take the old meter out ... can also put in fibre optic cables into the pipe going out to our cabin, what we are proposing is to give the opportunity to ... use our pipelines, do not destroy walls, do not break everything, just use that. This will reduce the cost of fibre cable laying by a factor of five.

  3. Century Fox Rupert Murdoch:

    In less than two months, Tucker has taken cable news by storm with his spirited interviews and consistently strong performance, viewers have overwhelmingly responded to the show and we look forward to him being a part of Fox News’ powerful primetime line-up.

  4. Ronn Torossian:

    Every indication is that Netflix pays very well, perhaps similar to a premium cable channel, with 60 million global subscribers and a projected $6 billion dollars in revenue, stars are treated very well by Netflix.

  5. Natalya Sindeyeva:

    We were told several times: 'We're sorry, we've got other business interests and we're not prepared to take this risk,' if it's not in the business interests (of cable networks) to cut off Dozhd, then what other reason can it be? There can be no explanation other than the political one.

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