n. 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.n. A rope of steel wire, or copper wire, usually covered with some protecting or insulating substance.n. 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.v. To fasten with a cable.v. To ornament with cabling. See Cabling.v. To telegraph by a submarine cable.