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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [key-buh l]
    • /ˈkeɪ bəl/
    • /ˈkeɪbl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [key-buh l]
    • /ˈkeɪ bəl/

Definitions of cable word

  • variable noun cable A cable is a thick wire, or a group of wires inside a rubber or plastic covering, which is used to carry electricity or electronic signals. 3
  • variable noun cable A cable is a kind of very strong, thick rope, made of wires twisted together. 3
  • uncountable noun cable Cable is used to refer to television systems in which the signals are sent along underground wires rather than by radio waves. 3
  • countable noun cable A cable is the same as a telegram. 3
  • verb cable If you cable someone, you send them a message in the form of a telegram. 3
  • verb cable If a country, a city, or someone's home is cabled, cables and other equipment are put in place so that the people there can receive cable television. 3

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Origin of cable

First appearance:

before 1175
One of the 8% oldest English words
1175-1225; Middle English, probably < Old North French *cable < Late Latin capulum lasso; compare Latin capulāre to rope, halter (cattle), akin to capere to take

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Parts of speech for Cable


cable popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for cable

noun cable

  • cord — Cord is strong, thick string.
  • rope — a strong, thick line or cord, commonly one composed of twisted or braided strands of hemp, flax, or the like, or of wire or other material.
  • wire — a slender, stringlike piece or filament of relatively rigid or flexible metal, usually circular in section, manufactured in a great variety of diameters and metals depending on its application.
  • link — a torch, especially of tow and pitch.
  • boom — If there is a boom in the economy, there is an increase in economic activity, for example in the amount of things that are being bought and sold.

verb cable

  • telegraph — an apparatus, system, or process for transmitting messages or signals to a distant place, especially by means of an electric device consisting essentially of a sending instrument and a distant receiving instrument connected by a conducting wire or other communications channel.
  • knit — to make (a garment, fabric, etc.) by interlocking loops of one or more yarns either by hand with knitting needles or by machine.
  • purl — the action or sound of purling.
  • colorcast — a television broadcast in color
  • webbed — having the fingers or toes connected by a web or membrane: the webbed foot of a duck or beaver.

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