- The definition of cable means a rope-like bunch of wires used to connect two things.
- The cord that connects your phone to the wall socket is an example of a cable.
- The connection between your computer and your internet service provider is an example of a cable.
A roll of steel cable.
- a thick, heavy rope, now often of wire strands
- the strong, heavy chain attached to a ship's anchor: anchor cables were formerly of rope
- cable length
- a bundle of insulated wires through which an electric current can be passed: telegraph or telephone cables are often laid under the ground or on the ocean floor
- ☆ a cablegram
- cable TV
Origin of cableMiddle English and amp; Old French ; from Late Latin capulum, a cable, rope ; from Classical Latin capere, to take hold: see have
transitive verbcabled, cabling
- to fasten or furnish with a cable or cables
- to transmit by undersea cable
- to send a cablegram to
- a. A strong, large-diameter, heavy steel or fiber rope.b. Something that resembles such steel or fiber rope.
- a. Electricity A bound or sheathed group of mutually insulated conductors.b. A sheathed bundle of optical fibers.
- Nautical a. A heavy rope or chain for mooring or anchoring a ship.b. A cable length.
- a. Cable television.b. A similar service providing Internet access.
- A cablegram.
verbca·bled, ca·bling, ca·bles
- a. To send a cablegram to.b. To transmit (a message) by telegraph.
- To supply or fasten with a cable or cables.
Origin of cableMiddle English, from Old North French, from Late Latin capulum, lasso, from Latin capere, to seize; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
- (material) A long object used to make a physical connection.
- A strong, large-diameter wire or rope, or something resembling such a rope.
- An assembly of two or more cable-laid ropes.
- An assembly of two or more wires, used for electrical power or data circuits; one or more and/or the whole may be insulated.
- (nautical) A heavy rope or chain of at least 10 inches thick, as used to moor or anchor a ship.
- (communications) A system for transmitting television or Internet services over a network of coaxial or fibreoptic cables.
- I tried to watch the movie last night but my cable was out.
- Short for cable television, broadcast over the above network, not by antenna.
- A telegram, notably when sent by (submarine) telegraph cable.
- (nautical) A unit of length equal to one tenth of a nautical mile.
- (finance) The currency pair British Pound against United States Dollar.
- (architecture) A moulding, shaft of a column, or any other member of convex, rounded section, made to resemble the spiral twist of a rope.
(third-person singular simple present cables, present participle cabling, simple past and past participle cabled)
Recorded since c.1205, from Old Northern French, from Medieval Latin capulum (“lasso, rope, halter”), from Latin capiō (“to take, seize”).
cable - Computer Definition
cable - Investment & Finance Definition
The exchange rate between the U.S. dollar and the British pound sterling. The rate was transmitted over the transatlantic cable from 1866, and the initial novelty of the communication method gave the exchange rate this name. Cable also refers to sending a message electronically or transferring funds.