4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cable \Ca"ble\ (k[=a]"b'l), noun [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 motor.

{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, et.

{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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cable \Ca"ble\ (k[=a]"b'l), verb (used with an object)

1. To fasten with a cable.

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

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cable \Ca"ble\, verb (used with an object) & i. [imp. & p. p. {Cabled} (-b'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cabling} (-bl[i^]ng).] To telegraph by a submarine cable [Recent]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: a telegram sent abroad [syn: {cable}, {cablegram}, {overseas telegram}]

2: a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power [syn: {cable}, {line}, {transmission line}]

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

4: a nautical unit of depth [syn: {cable}, {cable length}, {cable's length}]

5: television that is transmitted over cable directly to the receiver [syn: {cable television}, {cable}]

6: a television system that transmits over cables [syn: {cable}, {cable television}, {cable system}, {cable television service}]


1: send cables, wires, or telegrams [syn: {cable}, {telegraph}, {wire}]

2: fasten with a cable; "cable trees"

The dictionary definitions are retrieved from a local copy of two of the open source DICT dictionaries. Click here for the database copyright information. DEFINE.COM is registered as an educational NONPROFIT corporation. We aim to please around here. We believe in using positive reinforcement to get things done. We make suggestions that are intended to make life more enjoyable. We think about efficiency, automation, security, PRIVACY, social and ecological responsibility and positive HUMANITARIAN ethics and VALUES. We are benevolent. DO NO HARM is our motto.

Say "Hell No!" to the TPP.

Monday, March 30, 2015 9:21:50 AM Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)