cable length


Definition for cable length (2 of 2)

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.

Origin of cable's length

First recorded in 1545–55
Also called cable. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for cable length

  • The Forward lay in a little harbor sheltered from the north, east, and south winds, about a cable-length from the shore.

  • She was away like a racehorse, clearing Balesuna Shoal with half a cable-length to spare.

    Adventure|Jack London
  • Four-tenths of a second would make a difference of only one-tenth of a mile—a cable-length!

  • The strange boat was steadily forging up-stream and presently it was disclosed to view no more than a cable-length away.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer|Ralph D. Paine