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Definition of cable noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] = cable television We can receive up to 500 cable channels.
  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 fiber-optic cable
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] thick, strong, metal rope used on ships, for supporting bridges, etc.
  4. 4[countable] (old-fashioned) a message sent by electrical signals and printed out
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: cable