Definition of cable noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  1. 1  [uncountable, countable] thick strong metal rope used on ships, for supporting bridges, etc. See related entries: Parts of boats and ships
  2. 2  [countable, uncountable] a set of wires, covered in plastic or rubber, that carries electricity, telephone signals, etc. overhead/underground cables a 10 000 volt cable fibre-optic cable See related entries: The power industry, Film-making equipment, How machines work
  3. 3[uncountable] = cable television We can receive up to 500 cable channels.
  4. 4[countable] (old-fashioned) a message sent by electrical signals and printed out
  5. Word Origin Middle English: from an Anglo-Norman French variant of Old French chable, from late Latin capulum ‘halter’.Extra examples Connect the cable to the correct terminal. Engineers plan to run the telephone cables under the river. I plugged the cable into the amplifier. Roads have to be dug up to lay underground cables. These cables can carry computer data. These fibre-optic cables can carry telephone calls and computer data. We just had cable installed. a cable running under the road a length of electric cable new cables connecting major cities in Europe A small hatch in the ceiling opened and the scanner descended, supported by thick cables.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cable