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The Definition of - cable (verb)

    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), cabled, cabling.
    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), cabled, cabling.
    to send a message by cable.

Word Example of - cable

    Example Sentences for cable

    Buy a pencil with a ring at the end and cable it on to you so that you won't lose it.

    The anchor was all ready, was let go, and the steamer swung round to her cable.

    Shutter, compound with cable release, highest speed 1/300 second.

    The Aimable would have been sunk had she not cut her cable and escaped.

    Reid at first contemplated cutting his cable and making a bolt for it, confident in the sailing powers of his fine craft.

    Mayo hurried to the bow of the boat and pulled free a long stretch of cable.

    No cable messages were received any longer from South America.

    He dragged in the cable with all his quickness and strength and threw the noose again.

    It was a telegram, transmitted by carrier from Bacolod, which was in cable communication with Ilo-Ilo.

    So down came the keen axe, and the last strand of the cable was cut.

Word Origin & History of - cable

    Word Origin & History

    cable c.1200, from O.N.Fr., from M.L. capulum "lasso, rope, halter for cattle," from L. capere "to take, seize" (see capable). Technically, in nautical use, a rope 10 or more inches around (smaller ones being hawsers); 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). As a verb, "to tie up with cables" is from c.1500; "to transmit by cable" is 1871, Amer.Eng. Cable car is from 1887. Cable television first attested 1963; shortened form cable is from 1972.

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