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

  • n. A strong, large-diameter, heavy steel or fiber rope.
  • n. Something that resembles such steel or fiber rope.
  • n. Electricity A bound or sheathed group of mutually insulated conductors.
  • n. Nautical A heavy rope or chain for mooring or anchoring a ship.
  • n. Nautical A cable length.
  • n. A cablegram.
  • n. Cable television.
  • transitive v. To send a cablegram to.
  • transitive v. To transmit (a message) by telegraph.
  • transitive v. To supply or fasten with a cable or cables.
  • intransitive v. To send a cablegram.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A strong, large-diameter wire or rope, or something resembling such a rope.
  • n. An assembly of two or more cable-laid ropes
  • n. An assembly of two or more wires, used for electrical power or data circuits; one or more and/or the whole may be insulated.
  • n. A heavy rope or chain of at least 10 inches thick, as used to moor or anchor a ship
  • n. A system for receiving television or Internet service over coaxial or fibreoptic cables
  • n. Short for cable television, broadcast over the above network, not by antenna
  • n. A telegram, notably when send by (submarine) telegraph cable
  • n. A unit of length equal to one tenth of a nautical mile
  • n. The currency pair British Pound against United States Dollar
  • v. To provide with cable(s)
  • v. To fasten (as if) with cable(s)
  • v. To wrap wires to form a cable
  • v. To send a telegram by cable
  • v. To communicate by cable

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. A rope of steel wire, or copper wire, usually covered with some protecting or insulating substance.
  • n. 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.
  • v. To telegraph by a submarine cable.
  • transitive v. To fasten with a cable.
  • transitive v. To ornament with cabling. See Cabling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fasten with a cable.
  • In architecture, to fill (the flutes of columns) with cables or cylindrical pieces.
  • [Cf. equiv. wire, verb] To transmit by a telegraph-cable.
  • To send a message by a telegraph-cable.
  • To make into a cable; specifically, to twist two threads together and then to twist, three of these doubled threads into one, as in the manufacture of sewing-thread.
  • n. A rope.
  • n. Specifically A large, strong rope or chain, such as is used to hold a vessel at anchor.
  • n. See submarine cable, below.
  • n. The traction-rope of a cable-railroad.
  • n. In architecture: A molding of the torus kind, with its surface cut in imitation of the twisting of a rope.
  • n. A cylindrical molding inserted in the flute of a column and partly filling it.
  • n. A long, narrow strip of land.
  • n. A cablegram; a cable message: as, a cable announcing their departure has just been received.
  • n. An abbreviation of cable-car: as, to take the cable up-town.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power
  • n. a very strong thick rope made of twisted hemp or steel wire
  • v. fasten with a cable
  • n. a nautical unit of depth
  • n. a telegram sent abroad
  • n. a television system that transmits over cables
  • n. television that is transmitted over cable directly to the receiver
  • v. send cables, wires, or telegrams


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

Middle English, from Old North French, from Late Latin capulum, lasso, from Latin capere, to seize; see kap- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Recorded since c.1205, from Old Northern French, from Medieval Latin capulum ("lasso, rope, halter"), from Latin capiō ("to take, seize").


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