Origin of cabling
- 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.
Origin of cable
Examples from the Web for cabling
I am cabling to Morrison at Ottawa, that I am available either as combatant or medical if they need me.In Flanders Fields and Other Poems|John McCrae
He tried to figure out some foolproof way of cabling to Havana, but the censorship hazards were too great.The Five Arrows|Allan Chase
It practises the art of cabling—with Mr. Chamberlain for preference.The Boer in Peace and War|Arthur M. Mann
We were well up toward the river Plate, and he was for putting into Montevideo and cabling the owners for orders.The Grain Ship|Morgan Robertson
He then sent his scheme of defence, cabling the substance in cipher, on June 9th, and sending the text by despatch on June 14th.Lord Milner's Work in South Africa|W. Basil Worsfold
- 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.1500, "to tie up with cables;" 1871, American English, "to transmit by cable;" from cable (n.). Related: Cabled; cabling.
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.