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Wire vs. Cable

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Wirenoun

(uncountable) Metal formed into a thin, even thread, now usually by being drawn through a hole in a steel die.

Cablenoun

(material) A long object used to make a physical connection.

Wirenoun

A piece of such material; a thread or slender rod of metal, a cable.

Cablenoun

A strong, large-diameter wire or rope, or something resembling such a rope.

Wirenoun

A metal conductor that carries electricity.

Cablenoun

An assembly of two or more cable-laid ropes.

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Wirenoun

A fence made of usually barbed wire.

Cablenoun

An assembly of two or more wires, used for electrical power or data circuits; one or more and/or the whole may be insulated.

Wirenoun

(sports) A finish line of a racetrack.

Cablenoun

(nautical) A strong rope or chain used to moor or anchor a ship.

Wirenoun

(informal) A telecommunication wire or cable

Cablenoun

(communications) A system for transmitting television or Internet services over a network of coaxial or fibreoptic cables.

‘I tried to watch the movie last night but my cable was out.’;

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Wirenoun

(by extension) An electric telegraph; a telegram.

Cablenoun

Short for cable television, broadcast over the above network, not by antenna.

Wirenoun

(slang) A hidden listening device on the person of an undercover operative for the purposes of obtaining incriminating spoken evidence.

Cablenoun

A telegram, notably when sent by (submarine) telegraph cable.

Wirenoun

(informal) A deadline or critical endpoint.

‘This election is going to go right to the wire’;

Cablenoun

(nautical) A unit of length equal to one tenth of a nautical mile.

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Wirenoun

(billiards) A wire strung with beads and hung horizontally above or near the table which is used to keep score.

Cablenoun

100 fathoms, 600 imperial feet, approximately 185 m.

Wirenoun

Any of the system of wires used to operate the puppets in a puppet show; hence, the network of hidden influences controlling the action of a person or organization; strings.

‘to pull the wires for office’;

Cablenoun

(finance) The currency pair British Pound against United States Dollar.

Wirenoun

A pickpocket who targets women.

Cablenoun

(architecture) A moulding, shaft of a column, or any other member of convex, rounded section, made to resemble the spiral twist of a rope.

Wirenoun

(slang) A covert signal sent between people cheating in a card game.

Cableverb

(transitive) To provide with cable(s)

Wirenoun

(Scotland) A knitting needle.

Cableverb

(transitive) To fasten (as if) with cable(s)

Wireverb

To fasten with wire, especially with reference to wine bottles, corks, or fencing.

‘We need to wire that hole in the fence.’;

Cableverb

(transitive) To wrap wires to form a cable

Wireverb

To string on a wire.

‘wire beads’;

Cableverb

(transitive) To send a telegram by cable

Wireverb

To equip with wires for use with electricity.

Cableverb

(intransitive) To communicate by cable

Wireverb

To add something into an electrical system by means of wiring; to incorporate or include something.

‘I'll just wire your camera to the computer screen.’;

Cableverb

To ornament with cabling.

Wireverb

To send a message or monetary funds to another person through a telecommunications system, formerly predominantly by telegraph.

‘Urgent: please wire me another 100 pounds sterling.’; ‘The detective wired ahead, hoping that the fugitive would be caught at the railway station.’;

Cablenoun

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.

Wireverb

To make someone tense or psyched up.

‘I'm never going to sleep: I'm completely wired from all that coffee.’;

Cablenoun

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.

Wireverb

(slang) To install eavesdropping equipment.

‘We wired the suspect's house.’;

Cablenoun

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.

Wireverb

To snare by means of a wire or wires.

Cableverb

To fasten with a cable.

Wireverb

To place (a ball) so that the wire of a wicket prevents a successful shot.

Cableverb

To ornament with cabling. See Cabling.

Wirenoun

A thread or slender rod of metal; a metallic substance formed to an even thread by being passed between grooved rollers, or drawn through holes in a plate of steel.

Cableverb

To telegraph by a submarine cable

Wirenoun

A telegraph wire or cable; hence, an electric telegraph; as, to send a message by wire.

Cablenoun

a telegram sent abroad

Wirenoun

The system of wires used to operate the puppets in a puppet show;

Cablenoun

a conductor for transmitting electrical or optical signals or electric power

Wirenoun

One who picks women's pockets.

Cablenoun

a very strong thick rope made of twisted hemp or steel wire

Wirenoun

A knitting needle.

Cablenoun

a nautical unit of depth

Wirenoun

A wire stretching across over a race track at the judges' stand, to mark the line at which the races end.

Cablenoun

television that is transmitted over cable directly to the receiver

Wireverb

To bind with wire; to attach with wires; to apply wire to; as, to wire corks in bottling liquors.

Cablenoun

a television system transmitted over cables

Wireverb

To put upon a wire; as, to wire beads.

Cableverb

send cables, wires, or telegrams

Wireverb

To snare by means of a wire or wires.

Cableverb

fasten with a cable;

‘cable trees’;

Wireverb

To send (a message) by telegraph.

Wireverb

To place (a ball) so that the wire of a wicket prevents a successful shot.

Wireverb

to equip with a system of wiring, especially for supply of electrical power or communication; as, to wire an office for networking the computers; to wire a building with 220-Volt current.

Wireverb

to equip with an electronic system for eavesdropping; to bug; as, to wire the office of a mob boss; to wire an informant so as to record his conversations.

Wireverb

To pass like a wire; to flow in a wirelike form, or in a tenuous stream.

Wireverb

To send a telegraphic message.

Wirenoun

ligament made of metal and used to fasten things or make cages or fences etc

Wirenoun

a metal conductor that carries electricity over a distance

Wirenoun

the finishing line on a racetrack

Wirenoun

a message transmitted by telegraph

Wireverb

provide with electrical circuits;

‘wire the addition to the house’;

Wireverb

send cables, wires, or telegrams

Wireverb

fasten with wire;

‘The columns were wired to the beams for support’;

Wireverb

string on a wire;

‘wire beads’;

Wireverb

equip for use with electricity;

‘electrify an appliance’;

Wire

A wire is a single usually cylindrical, flexible strand or rod of metal. Wires are used to bear mechanical loads or electricity and telecommunications signals.

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