Quick answer
"Wire" is a noun which is often translated as "el alambre", and "cable" is a noun which is often translated as "el cable". Learn more about the difference between "wire" and "cable" below.
wire(
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (metal strand)
a. el alambre
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
You need 100 yards of wire to fasten the fence.Necesitas 100 yardas de alambre para sujetar la valla.
2. (electricity)
a. el cable
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Someone stole several yards of copper wire from the power lines.Alguien robó varias yardas de cable de cobre del tendido eléctrico.
3. (telecommunications)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. el telegrama
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The ship got an urgent wire with storm warnings.El barco recibió un telegrama urgente con aviso de tormentas.
4. (electronics)
a. el micrófono
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She wore a wire when she met with the mafia boss.Llevaba un micrófono cuando se reunió con el jefe de la mafia.
5. (sports)
a. la línea de llegada
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I was there cheering for her when she crossed the wire.Estaba ahí lanzando vítores cuando cruzó la línea de llegada.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
6. (electricity)
a. cablear
The installer is coming to wire the house today.El instalador viene hoy a cablear la casa.
b. conectar
I think you wired the lamp the wrong way.Creo que conectaste mal los cables de la lámpara.
7. (telecommunications)
a. enviar
I need to wire some money to my family.Tengo que enviar un giro telegráfico a mi familia.
b. mandar un telegrama
Please wire me as soon as you arrive in the city!¡Mándame un telegrama en cuanto llegues a la ciudad!
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cable(
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (electricity)
a. el cable
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Aren't you going to use gloves to handle those cables?¿No vas a usar guantes para manejar esos cables?
2. (telecommunications)
a. el cable
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The cable from our officer warned about possible attacks on the camp.El cable de nuestro oficial avisaba de posibles ataques al campamento.
b. el cablegrama
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Sir, we got a cable for you last night.Señor, nos llegó un cablegrama para usted ayer por la noche.
c. el telegrama
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We spent more than two hours waiting for an important cable.Pasamos más de dos horas esperando un telegrama importante.
3. (television)
a. el cable
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We live in a valley that has no television reception, so we got cable.Vivimos en un valle que no tiene recepción de televisión, así que instalamos cable.
4. (nautical)
a. el cable
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A powerful winch controls the cable that slowly lowers or raises the ship's anchor.Un potente cabrestante controla el cable que baja o levanta lentamente el ancla de la nave.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
5. (to transmit via cable)
a. cablegrafiar
Cable your father to let him know that you arrived safely.Cablegrafía a tu padre para hacerle saber que llegaste bien.
b. mandar un cable
Take this money and cable your mother urgently!¡Toma este dinero y manda un cable a tu madre urgentemente!
c. telegrafiar
The soldier cabled his wife before the battle to tell her how much he loved her.El soldado telegrafió a su esposa antes del combate para decirle lo mucho que la quería.
d. mandar por cable
The war correspondent cabled his report to the newspaper.El corresponsal de guerra mandó el informe por cable al periódico.
6. (to be wired for cable television)
a. tener televisión por cable
I'm not living in an area that hasn't been cabled yet.No voy a vivir en una zona que no tenga televisión por cable todavía.
b. instalar televisión por cable
My father cabled his house last year so he could watch the sports channels.Mi padre instaló la televisión por cable el año pasado para ver los canales deportivos.
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