a cable that consists of an insulated conducting tube through which a central, insulated conductor runs, used for transmitting high-frequency telephone, telegraph, digital, or television signals.
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Also called coax.
Origin of coaxial cable
First recorded in 1935–40
Words nearby coaxial cable
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British Dictionary definitions for coaxial cable
a cable consisting of an inner insulated core of stranded or solid wire surrounded by an outer insulated flexible wire braid, used esp as a transmission line for radio-frequency signalsOften shortened to: coax
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Scientific definitions for coaxial cable
[ kō-ăk′sē-əl ]
A cable consisting of an electrically conductive wire surrounded by a layer of insulating material, a layer of shielding material, and an outer layer of insulating material, usually plastic or rubber. The purpose of the shielding layer is to reduce external electrical interference. Coaxial cables are used for transmission of high-frequency audio, video, computer network and other signals.
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