1) v. to install steel cable or synthetic rope between branches within a tree to limit movement and provide supplemental support. 2) n. steel wires twisted together in a uniform helical arrangement; cable intended for arboricultural applications typically contain seven wires that are zinc-coated. 3) n. steel or fiber ropes installed between branches within a tree to limit movement and provide supplemental support.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
cable (noun)
a) a strong rope especially of 10 inches (25 centimeters) or more in circumference
b) a cable-laid rope
c) a wire rope or metal chain of great tensile strength
d) a wire or wire rope by which force is exerted to control or operate a mechanism
- cable length
a) an assembly of electrical conductors insulated from each other but laid up together (as by being twisted around a central core)
b) - cablegram , also a radio message or telegram
something resembling or fashioned like a cable - a fiber-optic cable
- cable television a house with cable
cable (verb)
transitive verb
to fasten with or as if with a cable
to provide with a cable or - cables
to telegraph by submarine cable
intransitive verb
to make into a cable or into a form resembling a cable to communicate by a submarine cable
Cable (biographical name)
George Washington 1844–1925 Am. nov.
cable (Wikipedia)
For other uses, see Cable (disambiguation).
Electrical cable cross section
Steel wire rope

A cable is two or more wires running side by side and bonded, twisted, or braided together to form a single assembly. The term originally referred to a nautical line of specific length where multiple ropes, each laid clockwise, are then laid together anti-clockwise and shackled to produce a strong thick line, resistant to water absorption, that was used to anchor large ships.

In mechanics, cables, otherwise known as wire ropes, are used for lifting, hauling, and towing or conveying force through tension.

In electrical engineering cables are used to carry electric currents. An optical cable contains one or more optical fibers in a protective jacket that supports the fibers.

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