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cable length

noun
  1. cable's length.
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cable's length

or cable length

noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of cable's length

First recorded in 1545–55
Also called cable.
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Historical Examples of cable length

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

    Adventure

    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