General English


  • noun a thick metal wire used for electrical connections


  • verb to send a message or money by telegraph

Cars & Driving

  • noun an assembly of insulated electrical conductors, usually wires, laid together, often around a central core and surrounded by a heavy insulation, for heavy duty applications such as battery cables
  • noun an assembly of wire strands twisted together used for a pulling or sometimes a pushing or twisting action, either without a sheath (as in some brake cables), or with a sheath as in control cables and drives such as speedometer cables


  • noun a flexible conducting electrical or optical link


  • A rope or wire comprised of many smaller fibers or strands wound or twisted together.
  • A group of electric conductors insulated from each other but contained in a common protective cover.


  • One or more electric conductors bundled together and encased by a protective sheath. The contained conductors are insulated from each other. Also called wire (3).
  • One or more optical fibers bundled together and encased by a protective sheath. Generally used for telecommunications. Such cables usually consist of three layers, which are the core, its surrounding cladding, and the protective jacket. Also called fiber-optic cable, optical cable, or light cable.


  • (written as Cable)
    An expression among foreign exchange traders that refers to the exchange rate between the British pound and the U.S. dollar. This term arose derives from currency exchanges between dollars and pounds, which were transmitted by transatlantic cables during the 1800's.

Media Studies

  • noun a telegram, nowadays sent abroad by telephone, radio or satellite, and formerly sent by submarine cable
  • verb to supply a place with a link to a cable telecommunications network


  • noun a thick metal wire which is used to convey electricity from one place to another
  • noun a thick metal wire which is used to moor a ship, or to tow a ship or vehicle.

Real Estate

  • verb to connect a building or area to a cable telecommunications network


  • noun a golden chain worn as decoration, especially by males. The use of the word and the practice arose in the hip hop black street subculture of the early 1980s in which heavy gold chains (also known as ropes) and (often improvised) medallions were an essential part of the paraphernalia.

Origin & History of “cable”

The ultimate source of cable is late Latin capulum ‘lasso’, a derivative of the verb capere ‘take, seize’, either directly or perhaps via Arabic habl. In Provençal, capulum became cable, which produced the Old French form chable: so English must either have borrowed the word straight from Provençal, or from *cable, an unrecorded Anglo-Norman variant of the Old French word.