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.

Origin of cable's length

First recorded in 1545–55
Also called cable. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cable length

Historical Examples of cable length

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


    Jack London

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

  • 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