Cable may refer to:


  • Nautical cable, an assembly of three or more ropes woven against the weave of the ropes, rendering it virtually waterproof
  • Wire rope, a type of rope which consists of several strands of metal wire laid into a helix
    • Arresting cable, part of a system used to rapidly decelerate an aircraft as it lands
    • Bowden cable, a mechanical cable for transmitting force
    • Flexible shaft, the rotational analogue of Bowden cable; transmits torque
  • Rope generally, especially a thick, heavy (“cable laid”) variety


  • Electrical cable, an assembly of one or more wires which may be insulated, used for transmission of electrical power or signals
    • Coaxial cable, an electrical cable comprising an inner conductor surrounded by a flexible, tubular insulating layer, surrounded by a tubular conducting shield
    • Power cable, a cable used to transmit electrical power
    • Submarine communications cable, a cable laid on the sea bed to carry telecommunication signals between land-based stations
  • Optical fiber cable, a cable containing one or more optical fibers

Communication by cable

  • Cable television, a system of providing television programs to consumers via electrical cables
  • Cable Internet access, a form of broadband Internet access that uses the cable television infrastructure
  • Cablegram (also known as a telegram or just a “cable”), a text message transmitted via electrical telegraph
    • Diplomatic cable, a confidential text message exchanged between a diplomatic mission and the foreign ministry of its parent country

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