1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
Bower cable, the cable belonging to the bower anchor.
Cable road, a railway on which the cars are moved by a continuously running endless rope operated by a stationary motor.
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).
Cable tier. (a) That part of a vessel where the cables are stowed. (b) A coil of a cable.
Sheet cable, the cable belonging to the sheet anchor.
Stream cable, a hawser or rope, smaller than the bower cables, to moor a ship in a place sheltered from wind and heavy seas.
Submarine cable. See Telegraph.
To pay out the cable, To veer out the cable, to slacken it, that it may run out of the ship; to let more cable run out of the hawse hole.
To serve the cable, to bind it round with ropes, canvas, etc., to prevent its being, worn or galled in the hawse, et.
To slip the cable, to let go the end on board and let it all run out and go overboard, as when there is not time to weigh anchor. Hence, in sailor's use, to die.
Ca·ble v. t.
1. To fasten with a cable.
2. Arch. To ornament with cabling. See Cabling.
Ca·ble, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Cabled p. pr. & vb. n. Cabling ] To telegraph by a submarine cable [Recent]
n 1: a telegram sent abroad [syn: cablegram, overseas telegram]
2: a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals
or electric power [syn: line, transmission line]
3: a very strong thick rope made of twisted hemp or steel wire
4: a nautical unit of depth [syn: cable length, cable's
5: television that is transmitted over cable directly to the
receiver [syn: cable television]
6: a television system transmitted over cables [syn: cable
television, cable system, cable television service]
v 1: send cables, wires, or telegrams [syn: telegraph, wire]
2: fasten with a cable; "cable trees"