cable or wire hello folks, Im wondering whats the differences between wire and cable (in terms of part of an electronic appliance) is this correct? and what would English speaker call it, earphone wire/cable, iphone charging wire?/cable?. you know what I meant, the white/black "string" :) thanks very much.
Jul 21, 2014 7:39 AM
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You'd use 'cable'. Cables contain wires.
July 21, 2014
I would use the word wire for an open metal 'string', without plastic covering on It. I would also call it a wire if it were thinner; like a headphone wire. I would say that a cable would either be larger, (like a TV cable), and always with plastic covering.
July 21, 2014
I would use "cable" to refer to something ready-to-use with the ends on it already. Example: I need an HDMI cable to hook up my TV to my Blue-Ray player. "Wires" refers to more generic non-specific wiring. Example: Don't look behind my entertainment system because it is just a big, tangled mess of wires! There are times when (in common usage) these can be interchanged. Example: You'll need to run a cable across your attic. or: You'll need to run a wire across your attic. These can mean the same thing even though there may be multiple wires in the cable.
August 13, 2014
ohhhh hi there girl!. i think the difference betwen them is the usage, because CABLE i think is a device have been used in instalations, more industrial and the Wire is more informal like a cell phone charger.
July 21, 2014
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