Meaning of CABLE in English

I. ˈkā-bəl noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin capulum lasso, from Latin capere to take — more at heave

Date: 13th century


a. : a strong rope especially of 10 inches (25 centimeters) or more in circumference

b. : a cable-laid rope

c. : a wire rope or metal chain of great tensile strength

d. : a wire or wire rope by which force is exerted to control or operate a mechanism

2. : cable length


a. : an assembly of electrical conductors insulated from each other but laid up together (as by being twisted around a central core)

b. : cablegram ; also : a radio message or telegram

4. : something resembling or fashioned like a cable

a fiber-optic cable

5. : cable television

a house with cable

II. verb

( ca·bled ; ca·bling ˈkā-b(ə-)liŋ)

Date: circa 1500

transitive verb

1. : to fasten with or as if with a cable

2. : to provide with a cable or cables

3. : to telegraph by submarine cable

4. : to make into a cable or into a form resembling a cable

intransitive verb

: to communicate by a submarine cable

• ca·bler -b(ə-)lər noun

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