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"cable" in British English

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cablenoun

uk   /ˈkeɪ.bəl/  us   /ˈkeɪ.bəl/
  • cable noun (WIRE)

B2 [C or U] a set of ​wires, ​covered by ​plastic, that ​carrieselectricity, ​phonesignals, etc.: a ​length of cable The ​road has been ​dug up in ​order to lay cables. overheadpower cables

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  • cable noun (SYSTEM)

B1 [U] →  cable television : The ​office has gone over to cable. This ​channel is only ​available on cable.

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cableverb

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 ​phonesignals can be ​sent along them: Many ​ruralareas have not ​yet been cabled. You will have to ​buy a ​satellitedish 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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cablenoun

 us   /ˈkeɪ·bəl/
  • cable noun (WIRE)

[C/U] (a ​length of) ​wire, esp. ​twisted into ​thick, ​strongrope or used to ​carryelectricity: [C] They ​dug up the ​road in ​order to ​layphone cables.
  • cable noun (MESSAGE)

[C] (in the past) a ​messagesent by ​electricsignal
cable
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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cablenoun

uk   us   /ˈkeɪbl/ COMMUNICATIONS
[C or U] a set of ​coveredwires or fibres that ​electrical or ​electronicsignalstravel 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 ​sendingtelevisionprogrammes or ​phonesignals along ​wires under the ​ground: This ​channel is only ​available on cable.
(Definition of cable from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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