—n. 1. a heavy, strong rope.
2. a very strong rope made of strands of metal wire, as used to support cable cars or suspension bridges.
3. a cord of metal wire used to operate or pull a mechanism.
4. Naut. a. a thick hawser made of rope, strands of metal wire, or chain.
b. See cable's length. 5. Elect.an insulated electrical conductor, often in strands, or a combination of electrical conductors insulated from one another.
7. See cable television. 8. cable-stitch.
9. Archit.one of a number of reedings set into the flutes of a column or pilaster.
—v.t. 1. to send (a message) by cable.
2. to send a cablegram to.
3. to fasten with a cable.
4. to furnish with a cable.
5. to join (cities, parts of a country, etc.) by means of a cable television network: The state will be completely cabled in a few years.
—v.i. 1. to send a message by cable.
2. to cable-stitch.
Pronunciation: (kā'bul),[key] —n. George Washington, 1844–1925, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.