Cable comes from an English surname, an occupational name for someone who was a maker of ropes. It comes from Late Latin capulum (lasso rope, halter) which derives from a PIE root word meaning “to grab; to seize”. Cable is also a word referring to a strong heavy rope or insulated metal wires made used for electrical power. In nautical terms, cable refers to a thick rope used for anchors, heavy lifting, or towing boats.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European




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