cabling

[key-bling]

noun Architecture.

decoration with cable moldings.
reedings set into the flutes of a column or pilaster.

Origin of cabling

First recorded in 1745–55; cable + -ing1

cable

[key-buh l]

noun

a heavy, strong rope.
a very strong rope made of strands of metal wire, as used to support cable cars or suspension bridges.
a cord of metal wire used to operate or pull a mechanism.
Nautical.
  1. a thick hawser made of rope, strands of metal wire, or chain.
  2. cable's length.
Electricity. an insulated electrical conductor, often in strands, or a combination of electrical conductors insulated from one another.
Architecture. one of a number of reedings set into the flutes of a column or pilaster.

verb (used with object), ca·bled, ca·bling.

to send (a message) by cable.
to send a cablegram to.
to fasten with a cable.
to furnish with a cable.
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), ca·bled, ca·bling.

to send a message by cable.

Origin of cable

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 formsca·ble·like, adjectivere·ca·ble, verb, re·ca·bled, re·ca·bling.un·ca·bled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cabling

cable

noun

a strong thick rope, usually of twisted hemp or steel wire
nautical an anchor chain or rope
  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 lengtha unit of length in nautical use that has various values, including 100 fathoms (600 feet)
a wire or bundle of wires that conducts electricitya submarine cable See also coaxial cable
Also called: overseas telegram, international telegram, cablegram a telegram sent abroad by submarine cable, radio, communications satellite, or by telephone line

verb

to send (a message) to (someone) by cable
(tr) to fasten or provide with a cable or cables
(tr) to supply (a place) with or link (a place) to cable television

Word Origin for cable

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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