- a thick hawser made of rope, strands of metal wire, or chain.
- cable's length.
verb (used with object), ca·bled, ca·bling.
verb (used without object), ca·bled, ca·bling.
- cable bend,
- cable box,
- cable buoy,
- cable car,
- cable graft
Origin of cable
Examples from the Web for cable
Almost all of the network and cable news channels said that they would not be showing the cartoons either.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Well, one expert I talked to said that physically it involves little more than a $20 cable.Red Tape and Black Boxes: Why We Keep ‘Losing’ Airliners in 2014|Clive Irving|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
HBOGo has become such a massive success for cable network HBO that they will start to offer the service as a stand-alone option.
Then again, cable news ratings are down more or less across the board, and Americans find much of the media untrustworthy.
You would not know it by listening to cable news pundits, and no politician will ever admit it.
As soon as he discovered his mistake he slipped his cable, got under sail, and ordered his men to arms, declaring it was "a bite."The Monarchs of the Main, Volume III (of 3)|Walter Thornbury
As soon as the election was over, our people began to cable me to come home and take charge.The Plum Tree|David Graham Phillips
The telegraph-house at the Newfoundland end was some two miles from the beach, and connected to the cable by a land-line.The Story of The Atlantic Cable|Charles Bright
One cable crosses to Iviça, another continues on to Mallorca, and a third crosses to this island.The Recipe for Diamonds|Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne
Several hours later, both boats stood in for the San Mateo shore, and dropped anchor not more than a cable's-length away.The Cruise of the Dazzler|Jack London
- a unit of distance in navigation, equal to one tenth of a sea mile (about 600 feet)
- Also called: cable length, cable's lengtha unit of length in nautical use that has various values, including 100 fathoms (600 feet)
Word Origin for cable
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.
c.1500, "to tie up with cables;" 1871, American English, "to transmit by cable;" from cable (n.). Related: Cabled; cabling.