messenger cable

messenger cable

[′mes·ən·jər ‚kā·bəl]
(communications)
A cable made of stranded steel which supports aerial cables between poles.
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Two hook-up attempts were made without success, and we were told the messenger cable actually had severed--there went our chance at an RA landing.
As we made our approach to the fantail, the Senso came on the ICS and reported a problem with the messenger cable. When he had lowered the RAST probe, the messenger cable had begun to pay out, and he couldn't retrieve it electrically.