(noun) a very strong thick rope made of twisted hemp or steel wire
cable, cable television, cable system, cable television service
(noun) a television system that transmits over cables
cable, line, transmission line
(noun) a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power
cable, cablegram, overseas telegram
(noun) a telegram sent abroad
cable, cable length, cable's length
(noun) a nautical unit of depth
cable, telegraph, wire
(verb) send cables, wires, or telegrams
(verb) fasten with a cable; “cable trees”
Source: WordNet® 3.1
Cable (plural Cables)
• According to the 2010 United States Census, Cable is the 3716th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 9545 individuals. Cable is most common among White (91.47%) individuals.
cable (plural cables)
(material) A long object used to make a physical connection.
A strong, large-diameter wire or rope, or something resembling such a rope.
An assembly of two or more cable-laid ropes.
An assembly of two or more wires, used for electrical power or data circuits; one or more and/or the whole may be insulated.
(nautical) A strong rope or chain used to moor or anchor a ship.
(communications) A system for transmitting television or Internet services over a network of coaxial or fibreoptic cables.
Short for cable television, broadcast over the above network, not by antenna.
A telegram, notably when sent by (submarine) telegraph cable.
(nautical) A unit of length equal to one tenth of a nautical mile.
(unit, chiefly nautical) 100 fathoms, 600 imperial feet, approximately 185 m.
(finance) The currency pair British Pound against United States Dollar.
(architecture) A moulding, shaft of a column, or any other member of convex, rounded section, made to resemble the spiral twist of a rope.
(knitting) A textural pattern achieved by passing groups of stitches over one another.
• wire rope
• (telegram) cablegram
• (nautical unit) cable length
• See also string
• (nautical rope) hawser (thinner)
cable (third-person singular simple present cables, present participle cabling, simple past and past participle cabled)
(transitive) To provide with cable(s)
(transitive) To fasten (as if) with cable(s)
(transitive) To wrap wires to form a cable
(transitive) To send a telegram by cable
(intransitive) To communicate by cable
(architecture, transitive) To ornament with cabling.
(knitting) To create cable stitches.
Ca"ble, n. Etym: [F. Câble,m LL. capulum, caplum, a rope, fr. L.
capere to take; cf. D., Dan., & G. rabel, from the French. See
1. A large, strong rope or chain, of considerable length, used to
retain a vessel at anchor, and for other purposes. It is made of
hemp, of steel wire, or of iron links.
2. A rope of steel wire, or copper wire, usually covered with some
protecting, or insulating substance; as, the cable of a suspension
bridge; a telegraphic cable.
Definition: A molding, shaft of a column, or any other member of convex,
rounded section, made to resemble the spiral twist of a rope; --
called also cable molding. Bower cable, the cable belonging to the
– Cable road, a railway on which the cars are moved by a
continuously running endless rope operated by a stationary motor.
– Cable's length, the length of a ship's cable. Cables in the
merchant service vary in length from 100 to 140 fathoms or more; but
as a maritime measure, a cable's length is either 120 fathoms (720
feet), or about 100 fathoms (600 feet, an approximation to one tenth
of a nautical mile).
– Cable tier. (a) That part of a vessel where the cables are
stowed. (b) A coil of a cable.
– Sheet cable, the cable belonging to the sheet anchor.
– Stream cable, a hawser or rope, smaller than the bower cables, to
moor a ship in a place sheltered from wind and heavy seas.
– Submarine cable. See Telegraph.
– To pay out the cable, To veer out the cable, to slacken it, that
it may run out of the ship; to let more cable run out of the hawse
– To serve the cable, to bind it round with ropes, canvas, etc., to
prevent its being, worn or galled in the hawse, et.
– To slip the cable, to let go the end on board and let it all run
out and go overboard, as when there is not time to weigh anchor.
Hence, in sailor's use, to die.
Ca"ble, v. t.
1. To fasten with a cable.
Definition: To ornament with cabling. See Cabling.
Ca"ble, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Cabled (-b'ld); p. pr. & vb. n.
Definition: To telegraph by a submarine cable [Recent]
Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition