Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Made of three ropes of three strands each, twisted together counterclockwise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Comprising three ropes, each containing three strands twisted together, laid together left-handed.
  • adj. Twisted after the manner of a cable.

Etymologies

cable + the past participle of to lay (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Section H includes a full "rigging schedule," detailing the length and circumference of each rope and line, along with the type and number of blocks used, the location it belays to, and specific information on each rope (whether it was tarred, cable-laid, wormed, etc.)

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  • GIGANTEA), whose great leaves and cable-laid stems made quite reef-like breaks in the heaving waste of restless sea.

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