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cable length


cable's length

or cable length

a nautical unit of length equivalent to 720 feet (219 meters) in the U.S. Navy and 608 feet (185 meters) in the British Navy.
Also called cable.
Origin of cable's length
First recorded in 1545-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Mr. Tarleton, get a boat put in the water, ship a light anchor, and drop it a cable length of her quarter.

    In Greek Waters G. A. Henty
  • They came leisurely towards us, those eight ugly craft, about a cable length apart, steering towards the very centre of our line.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • You see, we could pass within a cable length of one of those Austrian monitors now and they'd never know it.

    Under Fire For Servia Colonel James Fiske
  • It was less than a cable length distant now, passing through the ring of rocks which guarded the harbor entrance.

    The Pursuit Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile

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