cable

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.

Primary Meanings of cable

1.
nv
a very strong thick rope made of twisted hemp or steel wire
fasten with a cable
2.
n
a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power
3.
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a telegram sent abroad
send cables, wires, or telegrams
4.
n
a nautical unit of depth
Full Definitions of cable
1

n a very strong thick rope made of twisted hemp or steel wire

Types:
ground cable
a mooring cable; runs from a buoy to a mooring anchor
Type of:
rope
a strong line

v fasten with a cable

cable trees”
Type of:
fasten, fix, secure
cause to be firmly attached
2

n a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power

Synonyms:
line, transmission line
Types:
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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
Type of:
conductor
a device designed to transmit electricity, heat, etc.

n a television system that transmits over cables

Synonyms:
cable system, cable television, cable television service
Type of:
television, television system
a telecommunication system that transmits images of objects (stationary or moving) between distant points

n television that is transmitted over cable directly to the receiver

Synonyms:
cable television
Type of:
TV, telecasting, television, video
broadcasting visual images of stationary or moving objects
3

n a telegram sent abroad

Synonyms:
cablegram, overseas telegram
Type of:
telegram, wire
a message transmitted by telegraph

v send cables, wires, or telegrams

Synonyms:
telegraph, wire
Type of:
telecommunicate
communicate over long distances, as via the telephone or e-mail
4

n a nautical unit of depth

Synonyms:
cable length, cable's length
Type of:
linear measure, linear unit
a unit of measurement of length

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