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cabling

[key-bling] /ˈkeɪ blɪŋ/
noun, Architecture.
1.
decoration with cable moldings.
2.
reedings set into the flutes of a column or pilaster.
Origin of cabling
1745-1755
First recorded in 1745-55; cable + -ing1

cable

[key-buh l] /ˈkeɪ bəl/
noun
1.
a heavy, strong rope.
2.
a very strong rope made of strands of metal wire, as used to support cable cars or suspension bridges.
3.
a cord of metal wire used to operate or pull a mechanism.
4.
Nautical.
  1. a thick hawser made of rope, strands of metal wire, or chain.
  2. cable's length.
5.
Electricity. an insulated electrical conductor, often in strands, or a combination of electrical conductors insulated from one another.
6.
9.
Architecture. one of a number of reedings set into the flutes of a column or pilaster.
verb (used with object), cabled, cabling.
10.
to send (a message) by cable.
11.
to send a cablegram to.
12.
to fasten with a cable.
13.
to furnish with a cable.
14.
to join (cities, parts of a country, etc.) by means of a cable television network:
The state will be completely cabled in a few years.
verb (used without object), cabled, cabling.
15.
to send a message by cable.
16.
Origin
1175-1225; Middle English, probably < Old North French *cable < Late Latin capulum lasso; compare Latin capulāre to rope, halter (cattle), akin to capere to take
Related forms
cablelike, adjective
recable, verb, recabled, recabling.
uncabled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for cabling
Historical Examples
  • When he was staying with us he was for ever telegraphing, cabling to America, or decoding messages.

    The Secret House Edgar Wallace
  • After cabling and getting his orders, Doc headed for his base.

    The U-boat hunters

    James B. Connolly
  • I've spent over eleven pounds cabling to-day; but it's all no good.

  • Why, who ever heard of a code book for cabling on baby business?

    Cappy Ricks Retires Peter B. Kyne
  • In one kind the idea is to save words—in telegraphing or cabling.

    Facing the German Foe

    Colonel James Fiske
  • Doria told Barbara that the editor had been cabling frenziedly.

    Jaffery William J. Locke
  • And, let me tell you that cabling is very expensive just now.

    Marie Gourdon

    Maud Ogilvy
  • It practises the art of cabling—with Mr. Chamberlain for preference.

    The Boer in Peace and War

    Arthur M. Mann
  • Advising my family from Liverpool of my intentions, and cabling him at the same time, I sailed.

    Edgar Saltus: The Man

    Marie Saltus
  • I am cabling to Morrison at Ottawa, that I am available either as combatant or medical if they need me.

British Dictionary definitions for cabling

cable

/ˈkeɪbəl/
noun
1.
a strong thick rope, usually of twisted hemp or steel wire
2.
(nautical) an anchor chain or rope
3.
  1. a unit of distance in navigation, equal to one tenth of a sea mile (about 600 feet)
  2. Also called cable length, cable's length. a unit of length in nautical use that has various values, including 100 fathoms (600 feet)
4.
a wire or bundle of wires that conducts electricity: a submarine cable See also coaxial cable
5.
Also called overseas telegram, international telegram, cablegram. a telegram sent abroad by submarine cable, radio, communications satellite, or by telephone line
6.
7.
short for cable television
verb
8.
to send (a message) to (someone) by cable
9.
(transitive) to fasten or provide with a cable or cables
10.
(transitive) to supply (a place) with or link (a place) to cable television
Word Origin
C13: from Old Norman French, from Late Latin capulum halter
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Word Origin and History for cabling

cable

v.

c.1500, "to tie up with cables;" 1871, American English, "to transmit by cable;" from cable (n.). Related: Cabled; cabling.

cable

n.

c.1200, from Old North French cable, from Medieval Latin capulum "lasso, rope, halter for cattle," from Latin capere "to take, seize" (see capable). Technically, in nautical use, a rope 10 or more inches around; in non-nautical use, a rope of wire (not hemp or fiber). Given a new range of senses in 19c.: Meaning "message received by telegraphic cable" is from 1883 (short for cable message). Cable car is from 1879. Cable television first attested 1963; shortened form cable is from 1972.

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