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Definition: To serve the cable
(k[=a]"b'l), n. [F. c[^a]ble, LL. capulum,
caplum, a rope, fr. L. capere to take; cf. D., Dan., & G.
kabel, from the French. See Capable
1. A large, strong rope or chain, of considerable length,
used to retain a vessel at anchor, and for other purposes.
It is made of hemp, of steel wire, or of iron links.
2. A rope of steel wire, or copper wire, usually covered with
some protecting or insulating substance; as, the cable of
a suspension bridge; a telegraphic cable.
3. (Arch) A molding, shaft of a column, or any other member
of convex, rounded section, made to resemble the spiral
twist of a rope; -- called also cable molding
, the cable belonging to the bower anchor.
, a railway on which the cars are moved by a
continuously running endless rope operated by a stationary
, the length of a ship's cable. Cables in the
merchant service vary in length from 100 to 140 fathoms or
more; but as a maritime measure, a cable's length is
either 120 fathoms (720 feet), or about 100 fathoms (600
feet, an approximation to one tenth of a nautical mile).
(a) That part of a vessel where the cables are stowed.
(b) A coil of a cable.
, the cable belonging to the sheet anchor.
, a hawser or rope, smaller than the bower
cables, to moor a ship in a place sheltered from wind and
. See Telegraph
To pay out the cable
, To veer out the cable
, to slacken
it, that it may run out of the ship; to let more cable run
out of the hawse hole.
To serve the cable
, to bind it round with ropes, canvas,
etc., to prevent its being, worn or galled in the hawse,
To slip the cable
, to let go the end on board and let it
all run out and go overboard, as when there is not time to
weigh anchor. Hence, in sailor's use, to die.