• Construction of cable
    Construction of cable
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v cable send cables, wires, or telegrams
    • v cable fasten with a cable "cable trees"
    • n cable a very strong thick rope made of twisted hemp or steel wire
    • n cable a television system that transmits over cables
    • n cable a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power
    • n cable a telegram sent abroad
    • n cable television that is transmitted over cable directly to the receiver
    • n cable a nautical unit of depth
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Great Eastern paying out the Atlantic Cable The Great Eastern paying out the Atlantic Cable

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments
    • Cable 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.
    • Cable (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.
    • Cable 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 .
    • Cable To fasten with a cable.
    • Cable (Arch) To ornament with cabling. See Cabling.
    • v. t. & i Cable To telegraph by a submarine cable
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: MTV (Music Television) made its debut at 12:01 a.m. on August 1, 1981 The first music-video shown on the rock-video cable channel was, appropriately, "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles. MTV's original five veejays were Martha Quinn, Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, J.J. Jackson and Alan Hunter.
    • n cable A rope.
    • n cable Specifically A large, strong rope or chain, such as is used to hold a vessel at anchor. Ropes made of hemp, jute, or coir were universally used in former times, but have now, except in small vessels and fishing-craft, been superseded by chains. Chain cables are generally composed of 8 lengths of 15 fathoms each, fastened together with shackles, making in all 120 fathoms. Swivels are inserted in the different lengths to prevent twisting. Cables are also, for special uses, made of wires twisted together.
    • n cable See submarine cable, below.
    • n cable The traction-rope of a cable-railroad.
    • n cable In architecture: A molding of the torus kind, with its surface cut in imitation of the twisting of a rope.
    • n cable A cylindrical molding inserted in the flute of a column and partly filling it.
    • cable To fasten with a cable.
    • cable In architecture, to fill (the flutes of columns) with cables or cylindrical pieces.
    • cable [Cf. equiv. wire, verb] To transmit by a telegraph-cable.
    • cable To send a message by a telegraph-cable.
    • n cable A long, narrow strip of land.
    • n cable A cablegram; a cable message: as, a cable announcing their departure has just been received.
    • n cable An abbreviation of cable-car: as, to take the cable up-town.
    • 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The only mobile national monuments in the United States are the cable cars in San Francisco.
    • n Cable kā′bl a strong rope or chain which ties anything, esp. a ship to her anchor: a nautical measure of 100 fathoms; a cable for submarine telegraphs composed of wires embedded in gutta-percha and encased in coiled strands of iron wire; a bundle of insulated wires laid underground in a street: a cable-message
    • v.t Cable to provide with a cable, to tie up: to transmit a message, or to communicate with any one by submarine telegram
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  • Horace Mann
    “Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Habits are cobwebs at first; cables at last.”
  • Robert Burton
    “No cord nor cable can so forcibly draw, or hold so fast, as love can do with a twined thread.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. câble, LL. capulum, caplum, a rope, fr. L. capere, to take; cf. D., Dan., & G. kabel, from the French. See Capable


In literature:

What numbers of shrouds, cables, ropes, and other tackling for the ship!
"A Book of Discovery" by Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
The order was at once given to range the cables, that immediately the water was sufficiently shallow to allow of it we might anchor.
"Tales of the Sea" by W.H.G. Kingston
By means of the endless fall our hero now hauled a heavy rope or cable from the wreck, the end of which he fastened round a large boulder.
"Under the Waves" by R M Ballantyne
As the burning ships bore down upon them, the Spaniards, struck with dismay, cut their cables, and put to sea.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
Davits, anchors, and cables were stowed and secured.
""Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea" by Morgan Robertson
The Wavecrest pitched a good bit at the end of her cable.
"Swept Out to Sea" by W. Bertram Foster
I fished within a cable's length of the Ledges.
"The Coming Wave" by Oliver Optic
I am very much puzzled by a cable despatch from Clement that came two days ago.
"A Temporary Dead-Lock" by Thomas A. Janvier
He heard a whirring sound, and saw the magnetic mooring cables jerk.
"Gold in the Sky" by Alan Edward Nourse
That cable was the first of the hundreds which now encircle the globe.
"American Men of Mind" by Burton E. Stevenson
The anchor was stowed under the forward seat; and Clingman, after overhauling the cable, passed it up to the captain.
"Four Young Explorers" by Oliver Optic
Jim whirled to the foot of the cable way towers and jumped out of the machine.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
He accordingly ordered the cables to be ranged ready for that emergency.
"Owen Hartley; or, Ups and Downs" by William H. G. Kingston
There is the order to range another cable.
"The Voyages of the Ranger and Crusader" by W.H.G. Kingston
The canoe was apparently not discovered till the dhow was within a few cables' length of her.
"The Three Commanders" by W.H.G. Kingston
It was a request from Kirk for more cable construction.
"Final Weapon" by Everett B. Cole
If so, I will send you a cable.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
In a few moments the heavy cable appeared above the surface of the water and was drawn up to the boat.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
Also it was he who made the first submarine electric cable.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 6 of 8" by Various
Cyrus W. Field became interested in the idea of a cable across the Atlantic between Newfoundland and Ireland in 1854.
"Presentation Pieces in the Museum of History and Technology" by Margaret Brown Klapthor

In poetry:

And may we honor evermore
The manly, bold, and stable;
And tell our sons, to make them brave,
How Cyrus laid the cable!
"How Cyrus Laid the Cable" by John Godfrey Saxe
Of cables bare,
Your keel can scarce endure the lordly wave.
Your sails are rent; you have no gods to save,
Or answer pray'r.
"To The Ship Of State" by Roswell Martin Field
Twice did his bravest efforts fail,
And yet his mind was stable;
He wa'n't the man to break his heart
Because he broke his cable.
"How Cyrus Laid the Cable" by John Godfrey Saxe
The third morn clear and calm came out:
No anchored ship was there!
The golden strand in the cable stout
Was not all of maidens' hair.
"Legend of The Corrievrechan" by George MacDonald
The girders shrieked, the cables strained
And shuddered at the roar--
Yet, when the winds had passed, the bridge
Held firmly as before!
"The Bridge Builder" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
"Once more, my gallant boys!" he cried:
"Three times!—you know the fable,—
(I'll make it thirty," muttered he,
"But I will lay the cable!")
"How Cyrus Laid the Cable" by John Godfrey Saxe

In news:

The state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs' Cable Television Division has received notification of Oceanic Time Warner Cable's intent to renew its Maui County and Lahaina/West Maui cable television franchises.
Optical fiber and communications cables can be installed with any cable as long the insulation type for all cables is the same.
PMC is now offering lifetime warranties on its pulley lifting cables PMC's four-cable hoist drive system incorporates two CNC-precision machined pulleys , which are designed to provide extended cable life.
NEW YORK (AP) — Cable companies Comcast Corp. Time Warner Cable Inc and Bright House Networks are giving up on their dreams of creating their own wireless network, opting instead to resell Verizon Wireless service.
Cable companies Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks are giving up on their dreams of creating their own wireless network, opting instead to resell Verizon Wireless service.
Cerro Wire LLC, a leading manufacturer of copper electrical building wire and cable, announces its large print Max Print® wire labeling system, available now on all sizes of its True Sequential Footage™ sequentially printed cables.
Synchronous servo motor with One Cable technology, with which the power and feedback system are combined into one standard motor cable.
When installing a shielded cable or a twisted pair cable in a Class I, Division 1 location where a cable seal is required, when is it not required to remove the shielding material or separate the twisted pairs of those type cables.
A low-flying United States military jet on a training flight over the craggy Dolomite mountains here cut the cable of a ski lift today, sending a cable car plunging 260 feet into a snowy meadow and killing everyone aboard.
Cable Positive's Power Awards will be given out at the Cable Positive booth at The Cable Show on April 2 in Washington, DC, at an open event from 2-3 pm hosted by MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow.
Three-wire connector cables and a four-wire transmitter cable.
Planning your next cable splicing operation for placement, support structures, and closure selection is important to your future cabling operations.
The most far-reaching telecommunications bill in a decade has as its main purpose making it easier for phone companies to compete against cable companies in offering the equivalent of cable TV, and streamlining the approval process for both.
Big Ten Network, the cable sports joint venture between Fox Cable Networks and the Big Ten Conference, has selected Comcast subsidiary thePlatform to manage and publish its online video assets.
Gefen has consolidated cabling from two CAT-5 cables to one with its new Gefen HD KVM ELR (Extra Long Range) extender.

In science:

The differential card drove a 100 foot twisted pair cable followed by another LVDS differential driver-receiver card which finally was connected with a 10 foot flat cable to the devices under test.
Single Event Effects in the Pixel readout chip for BTeV
The test was stopped at that field due to the failure of an RF cable.
Status Report on Multi-Cell Superconducting Cavity Development for Medium-Velocity Beams
The same cables were also used to provide the analogue and digital power, test signals and the common thresholds to the discriminators.
Development of a compact scintillator hodoscope with wavelength-shifting fibre read-out
Two 34-way flat-n-twist cables carry discriminator output (LVDS), the analogue and digital power, test signals and the common thresholds.
Development of a compact scintillator hodoscope with wavelength-shifting fibre read-out
Because of a broken optical fibre in the cable of the Prototype Sector Line (PSL), the clock signal only reached the bottom of the String Control Module, thus preventing any coincidence measurements between storeys.
ANTARES Status & Milestones : News from Deep-Sea
Next year, the PSL will be redeployed with a new electro-mechanical cable, together with an improved instrumentation line, and the mass production for all the lines will be launched.
ANTARES Status & Milestones : News from Deep-Sea
In place of the front-end chip two high-density connectors per MAPMT, with 0.5 mm pitch, were installed, The signals are then taken away from the EC by means of a flex-cable to be processed by a suitable electronics.
Design of a Base-Board for arrays of closely-packed Multi-Anode Photo-Multipliers
The number of ”dots” in the constellation is given as a number before the QAM, and is always two to the power of an integer from one (2QAM) to twelve (4096QAM). 64QAM is often used in digital cable television and cable modem applications.
EPspectra: A Formal Toolkit for Developing DSP Software Applications
The completed AMANDA detector represents an evolution of signal transmission technologies from coaxial cable to twisted copper pair to optical fiber.
The ICECUBE prototype string in AMANDA
It converts the electrical power transmitted via copper cable down into the ice to a high voltage for the PMT.
The ICECUBE prototype string in AMANDA
Short cables connecting adjacent DOM modules enable a local time coincidence (see Sec. 2.3.1), which eliminates most of the ∼1 kHz of noise pulses when enabled.
The ICECUBE prototype string in AMANDA
In the STR ING -1 8 DOM prototypes, a coil of coaxial cable of 15 m length was employed for this purpose.
The ICECUBE prototype string in AMANDA
The resulting cable link is both cost-effective and robust, since the number of connections needed for all functionality is minimal.
The ICECUBE prototype string in AMANDA
At the surface, the copper cables leading up from the DOMs are connected to custom communications cards (DOM COM cards) in five industrial PCs with a Linux operating system.
The ICECUBE prototype string in AMANDA
The pulse displays the effect of cable attenuation and dispersion.
The ICECUBE prototype string in AMANDA