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.

a thick hawser made of rope, strands of metal wire, or chain.
cable’s length.

Electricity. an insulated electrical conductor, often in strands, or a combination of electrical conductors insulated from one another.
cable television.
Architecture. one of a number of reedings set into the flutes of a column or pilaster.
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.
to send a message by cable.
to cable-stitch.
George Washington, 1844–1925, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
Contemporary Examples

Katie Couric, On the Move Howard Kurtz October 24, 2010
The Future of Fashion Week Renata Espinosa September 18, 2009
Turkey’s Violent Homophobia John Beck June 30, 2013
‘Girls’: Graphic Content, Objectification, and That Scene Jace Lacob March 11, 2013
Why Your Cable Bill Keeps Going Up Evan Weiner April 11, 2014

Historical Examples

A Fortunate Term Angela Brazil
Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
Premo Cameras, 1914. Canadian Kodak Company
Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 2, April 9, 1870 Various
Privateers and Privateering E. P. Statham

a strong thick rope, usually of twisted hemp or steel wire
(nautical) an anchor chain or rope

a unit of distance in navigation, equal to one tenth of a sea mile (about 600 feet)
Also called cable length, cable’s length. a unit of length in nautical use that has various values, including 100 fathoms (600 feet)

a wire or bundle of wires that conducts electricity: a submarine cable See also coaxial cable
Also called overseas telegram, international telegram, cablegram. a telegram sent abroad by submarine cable, radio, communications satellite, or by telephone line
See cable stitch
short for cable television
to send (a message) to (someone) by cable
(transitive) to fasten or provide with a cable or cables
(transitive) to supply (a place) with or link (a place) to cable television


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