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Definitions of cable

  1. fasten with a cable; " cable trees"
  2. a very strong thick rope made of twisted hemp or steel wire
  3. a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power
  4. a telegram sent abroad
  5. television that is transmitted over cable directly to the receiver
  6. a nautical unit of depth
  7. send cables, wires, or telegrams
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. To fasten with a cable.
  11. To ornament with cabling. See Cabling.
  12. To telegraph by a submarine cable
  13. To fasten with a cable; to send by submarine telegraph.
  14. A strong rope or chain which ties anything, especially a ship to her anchor: a nautical measure of 100 fathoms.
  15. A rope or chain which holds a ship to her anchor.
  16. To fasten, as by a cable.
  17. To send a message by submarine telegraph.
  18. A heavy rope or chain, as for an anchor, etc.
  19. A cable's length, 100 fathoms.
  20. An insulated telegraph wire or wires, as for a submarine telegraph.
  21. Having mouldings like a cable. A cabled cross, one formed of the two ends of a ship's cable.
  22. A long strong rope or chain, such as is used to hold a vessel at anchor; a cable- like contrivances for conveying a telegraph- wire underwater; a wreathed circular moulding, resembling a rope.
  23. To fasten with a cable; to send a message by telegraph cable.
  24. A rope or chain of various degrees of thickness, used in ships; a cable's- length, 720 feet.
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Usage examples for cable

  1. The laying of this cable is a somewhat difficult matter, because the success of the enterprise does not depend upon the animal's industry alone. – The Life of the Spider by J. Henri Fabre
  2. As to this we quote Lincoln Eyre's cable, dated February 25, 1920, and published in the " New York World" of February 27, 1920. Eyre says: " Lenine ... – The Red Conspiracy by Joseph J. Mereto
  3. It is a work of skill to approach: cutting the cable is no use, for the ship could not carry any way against such a wind. – Timar's Two Worlds by Mór Jókai
  4. It will be necessary for me to explain the reason to Mr. Cable. – Jane Cable by George Barr McCutcheon
  5. Well, we've just had Cortez on the cable and learn that they were working for Gordon until two weeks ago. – The Iron Trail by Rex Beach
  6. Then they dropped the cable on the ground and left it coiled up like a snake. – The Fundamental Principles of Old and New World Civilizations by Zelia Nuttall
  7. He accordingly cut his cable, set his sails, and ran his vessel on the rocks. – Expedition into Central Australia by Charles Sturt
  8. The river is three- quarters of a mile wide, and could not be crossed on foot; nor could the cable be repaired. – Edison, His Life and Inventions by Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin
  9. One of the bronze giants, he saw, was bringing a metal cap from which a cable extended to one of the strange machines. – The Copper-Clad World by Harl Vincent
  10. I insisted on immediate military precautions on a large scale failing which I will cable the Foreign Office in London at my own expense. – Jimgrim and Allah's Peace by Talbot Mundy
  11. Then and all her life she wore her cable watch- chain. – The End of a Coil by Susan Warner
  12. " Woman, woman, why didn't ye cable me? – The Cricket by Marjorie Cooke
  13. " You can heave some of that cable in, boys," he announced. – Masters of the Wheat-Lands by Harold Bindloss
  14. Then Tomlinson disposed of some bonds by cable, and that evening gave Blake a draft for fifty thousand francs in exchange for his two thousand share certificate in The Silver Bow of Arizona. – McAllister and His Double by Arthur Train
  15. " Well, here's a despatch that I got away from the cable- office just in time. – Captain Jinks, Hero by Ernest Crosby
  16. Then let me cable. – A Rock in the Baltic by Robert Barr
  17. From the Mexican custom house, from the post- office, the cable station, and from the grim old prison- fortress, San Juan de Ulloa, the Mexican flag flew as usual. – Dave Darrin at Vera Cruz by H. Irving Hancock
  18. " I have had no word from him, Mr. Cable. – Jane Cable by George Barr McCutcheon
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