Meaning of “cable” in the English Dictionary

"cable" in English

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uk /ˈkeɪ.bəl/ us /ˈkeɪ.bəl/


uk /ˈkeɪ.bəl/ us /ˈkeɪ.bəl/

[ T usually passive ] UK also cable up to put cables under the ground in an area so that television or phone signals can be sent along them:

Many rural areas have not yet been cabled.
You will have to buy a satellite dish or get cabled up.

(Definition of “cable” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cable" in American English

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us /ˈkeɪ·bəl/

cable noun (WIRE)

[ C/U ] (a length of) wire, esp. twisted into thick, strong rope or used to carry electricity:

[ C ] They dug up the road in order to lay phone cables.

cable noun (MESSAGE)

[ C ] (in the past) a message sent by electric signal

verb [ I/T ] us /ˈkeɪ·bəl/

(Definition of “cable” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"cable" in Business English

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uk /ˈkeɪbl/ us COMMUNICATIONS

[ C or U ] a set of covered wires or fibres that electrical or electronic signals travel through:

lay/install cable Hotels use Wi-Fi to provide in-room access without having to lay cable.
ethernet/fibre-optic/network/power cable

[ U ] the system of sending television programmes or phone signals along wires under the ground:

This channel is only available on cable.

(Definition of “cable” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)