cable's length

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cable's length a nautical unit of depth
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • 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).
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Usage

In literature:

The Christabel was about a cable's length ahead of them.
"The Yacht Club" by Oliver Optic
Suddenly the sea parted right off the port bow, and not half a cable's length ahead.
"Swept Out to Sea" by W. Bertram Foster
We were still scarce a cable's length from them.
"Ran Away to Sea" by Mayne Reid
Before the conspirators had gone a cable's length, he succeeded.
"Down the Rhine" by Oliver Optic
The brig had got within a cable's length of them.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
She lay only a cable's length from the Skylark, and they could see all that was going on upon her deck.
"Little Bobtail" by Oliver Optic
The galiot came in, and anchored a cable's length from her.
"Dikes and Ditches" by Oliver Optic
He was gazing intently at the conic rock which rose from the water a cable's length ahead of him, off a point on the main shore.
"Asiatic Breezes" by Oliver Optic
It returned without having found the requisite depth at a cable's length from shore.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Any distance ordered to be preserved among ships, exceeding a cable's length.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Then reversing engines, she almost lost way at less than a cable's length from the transport.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
Less than a cable's length on the starboard column's beam was the cruiser.
"Wilmshurst of the Frontier Force" by Percy F. Westerman
At 11 A. M. they landed on a reef, running out about a cable's length from a small island.
"Borneo and the Indian Archipelago" by Frank S. Marryat
Even a ship under full spread of canvas could not have been seen, though passing at a cable's length from the raft.
"The Ocean Waifs" by Mayne Reid
Soon Top's barks ceased, and the vessel continued her course at a few cable-lengths from the coast.
"Abandoned" by Jules Verne
She was a full cable's length from the shore, advancing very slowly.
"Ruth Fielding at Lighthouse Point" by Alice B. Emerson
At half a cable's length the voices of the leadsmen, inarticulate and faint before, could be clearly heard.
"H.M.S. ----" by Klaxon
Silently they pulled towards us in two columns: we let them approach within a quarter of a cable's length.
"The Cruise of the Frolic" by W.H.G. Kingston
She escaped the reef but by half a cable's length, it seemed, and on she drove to the westward.
"Antony Waymouth" by W.H.G. Kingston
The action was fought at the distance of nearly a cable's length from the enemy.
"Fifty-two Stories of the British Navy, from Damme to Trafalgar." by Alfred H. Miles
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In poetry:

Down came the storm, and smote amain
The vessel in its strength;
She shuddered and paused, like a frighted steed,
Then leaped her cable's length.
"The Wreck Of The Hesperus" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A hundred leagues from Manilla town,
The San Gregorio's helm came down;
Round she went on her heel, and not
A cable's length from a galliot
That rocked on the waters just abreast
Of the galleon's course, which was west-sou'-west.
"The Lost Galleon" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

Wrong PC World's tests (see The Cable Game) and my own hands-on experience show that $10 HDMI cables work just as well as their $100 counterparts--particularly at the 6-foot length used in most home-theater setups.
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In science:

The detector cables that link the detector patch panels and the HV connectors on the VELO repeater boards were assembled in the two required lengths and tested by LEMO S.A.1) .
Characterisation of the VELO High Voltage System
As pointed out by Finkelstein,2 what the authors indeed measure is the two-way speed of light, if the coaxial cable of length L is equivalent to a light signal propagating in vacuum with speed c, as the fixed time delay is assumed to be ∆t = L/c = 23.73 m/3 × 108 m/s = 79 ns.
Comment on 'A one-way speed of light experiment'
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