noun Architecture.

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

Nearby words

  1. cablephoto,
  2. cablese,
  3. cablet,
  4. cablevision,
  5. cableway,
  6. cabman,
  7. cabo rojo,
  8. cabob,
  9. caboched,
  10. cabochon

Origin of cabling

First recorded in 1745–55; cable + -ing1


[key-buh l]


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.
  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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cabling



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


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
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