A cable can be a strong and thick hemp or steel rope, or a conductor for sending electrical or optical signals.

Cable has a bunch of meanings — ranging from communication cables to steel cables. With new online services that stream your favorite show on demand, cable television may become a thing of the past. If your adventurous kids have convinced you to install a zip line, then you better find a steel cable. In the age of email, chances are you'll never have a reason to send someone an overseas cable.

Definitions of cable
  1. noun
    a very strong thick rope made of twisted hemp or steel wire
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    ground cable
    a mooring cable; runs from a buoy to a mooring anchor
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    a strong line
  2. verb
    fasten with a cable
    cable trees”
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    type of:
    fasten, fix, secure
    cause to be firmly attached
  3. noun
    a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power
    synonyms: line, transmission line
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    coax, coax cable, coaxial cable
    a transmission line for high-frequency signals
    electrical cable
    a cable that provides an electrical connection for telephone or television or power stations
    fiber optic cable, fibre optic cable
    a cable made of optical fibers that can transmit large amounts of information at the speed of light
    power cable, power line
    cable used to distribute electricity
    printer cable
    a cable between a computer and a printer
    ethernet cable
    any of several types of coaxial cable used in ethernets
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    a device designed to transmit electricity, heat, etc.
  4. noun
    a television system that transmits over cables
    synonyms: cable system, cable television, cable television service
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    television, television system
    a telecommunication system that transmits images of objects (stationary or moving) between distant points
  5. noun
    television that is transmitted over cable directly to the receiver
    synonyms: cable television
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    TV, telecasting, television, video
    broadcasting visual images of stationary or moving objects
  6. noun
    a telegram sent abroad
    synonyms: cablegram, overseas telegram
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    type of:
    telegram, wire
    a message transmitted by telegraph
  7. verb
    send cables, wires, or telegrams
    synonyms: telegraph, wire
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    type of:
    communicate over long distances, as via the telephone or e-mail
  8. noun
    a nautical unit of depth
    synonyms: cable length, cable's length
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    type of:
    linear measure, linear unit
    a unit of measurement of length
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