cableca‧ble1 /ˈkeɪbəl/ ●●●W3 noun1[countable]TD a plastic or rubbertubecontainingwires that carrytelephonemessages, electronicsignals, televisionpictures etccables and switches for computersoverhead/underground/undersea cableoverhead power cables2[countable, uncountable]TTWTBC a thick strong metalrope used on ships, to supportbridges etc3AMT[uncountable] a system of broadcasting television by using cables, paid for by the person watching iton cableI’ll wait for the movie to come out on cable.cable network/channel/programme4[countable]TCT a telegramCOLLOCATIONStypes of cablean electric/electricity cableBe careful you don't cut through an electric cable.a power cable (=an electric cable)a power cable carrying 11,000 voltsa telephone cableTelephone cables were damaged in the storm.an overhead cable (=attached to high posts)Overhead cables can be dangerous for birds.an underground/undersea cableThe electricity will be transmitted by undersea cables.verbslay/run a cable (=put one in position somewhere)In the 1860s the first cables were laid under the oceans.a cable connects something to somethingHow many miles of cables connect North America to Europe?
cablecable2 verb [intransitive, transitive]TCTto send someone a telegramcable somebody somethingI cabled Mary the good news.→ See Verb table
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cable• She cabled her parents and told them she was going to the SalvationArmyCollege in London.From Longman Business Dictionarycableca‧ble /ˈkeɪbəl/ noun1[countable, uncountable] a tube containing wires that carry electronic signals or informationTelecommunications is the transmission of information by cable or radio waves.2[uncountable] (also cable television)TELECOMMUNICATIONS a system of broadcasting television programmes by means of cables under the ground instead of signals through the airAt present it is providing cable television services to only 35,000 customers.Only 2.5 percent of homes had cable installed by mid-1992. →pay cable