Definitions for: Cable

[n] a very strong thick rope made of twisted hemp or steel wire
[n] a television system transmitted over cables
[n] a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power
[n] a telegram sent abroad
[n] television that is transmitted over cable directly to the receiver
[n] a nautical unit of depth
[v] send cables, wires, or telegrams
[v] fasten with a cable; "cable trees"

Webster (1913) Definition: Ca"ble (k[=a]"b'l), n. [F. c[^a]ble, LL. capulum,
caplum, a rope, fr. L. capere to take; cf. D., Dan., & G.
kabel, from the French. See Capable.]
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.

3. (Arch) 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 bower anchor.

Cable road, a railway on which the cars are moved by a
continuously running endless rope operated by a stationary

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 hole.

To serve the cable, to bind it round with ropes, canvas,
etc., to prevent its being, worn or galled in the hawse,

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 (k[=a]"b'l), v. t.
1. To fasten with a cable.

2. (Arch.) To ornament with cabling. See Cabling.

Ca"ble, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Cabled (-b'ld); p.
pr. & vb. n. Cabling (-bl[o^]ng).]
To telegraph by a submarine cable [Recent]

Synonyms: cable length, cable system, cable television, cable television, cable television service, cablegram, cable's length, overseas telegram, telegraph, wire

See Also: cable, coax, coax cable, coaxial cable, conductor, electrical cable, fasten, fiber optic cable, fibre optic cable, fix, ground cable, line, linear unit, phone system, power cable, power line, printer cable, rope, secure, suspension bridge, telecasting, telecommunicate, telegram, telephone system, television, television, television system, transmission line, TV, video, wire

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