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1. WordNet® 3.0 (2006)
    n 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
    v 1: send cables, wires, or telegrams [syn: cable,
         telegraph, wire]
    2: fasten with a cable; "cable trees"

2. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Cable \Ca"ble\ (k[=a]"b'l), n. [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.
      [1913 Webster]

   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.
      [1913 Webster]

   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.
      [1913 Webster]

   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

   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,

   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.
      [1913 Webster]

3. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Cable \Ca"ble\ (k[=a]"b'l), v. t.
   1. To fasten with a cable.
      [1913 Webster]

   2. (Arch.) To ornament with cabling. See Cabling.
      [1913 Webster]

4. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Cable \Ca"ble\, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Cabled (-b'ld); p.
   pr. & vb. n. Cabling (-bl[i^]ng).]
   To telegraph by a submarine cable [Recent]
   [1913 Webster]

Thesaurus Results for Cable:

1. Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
BX cable, Teletype, WATS, WATS line, armored cable, battery cable, bell wire, braid, brail, cablegram, chain, co-ax, coaxial cable, concentric cable, cord, day letter, electric cable, electric cord, fast telegram, flash, guy, hawser, highline, hookup wire, lead, ligament, ligation, ligature, line, mooring, night letter, party line, power line, private line, radio, radiogram, rope, send a wire, sign off, sign on, spun yarn, strand, string, telegram, telegraph, telegraph cable, telegraph line, telephone line, telex, tendon, thong, three-wire cable, transmission line, triaxial cable, trunk, trunk line, twine, twist, underground cable, wire, wire line, yarn
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