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On a wire designated as '3x14AWG' what does the '3x' part mean?

It is on a wire that is part of a surge protector power strip.

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'3x' = 3 of.

It is specifying a 3-core cable with 14 AWG conductors. These will be L, N and E or live, neutral and earth.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Regarding "3 of" - I'll just add that a (perhaps old-fashioned?) approach would be to say "off" instead of "of". e.g. "3 off" (or 1 off, 2 off etc.). See this example parts list and this discussion. \$\endgroup\$ – SamGibson Feb 28 at 23:33
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Sam: Thanks for the comment. I'm familiar with that usage as it is standard practice in Britain (the largest island off the coast of Ireland, where I live). I've never been comfortable with it though as it sounded odd. I've just done a web search which brought me to English StackExchange which confirms my bias! \$\endgroup\$ – Transistor Feb 28 at 23:58
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Transistor That's the best geographical description I've heard in a long time :) \$\endgroup\$ – bitsmack Mar 1 at 0:26

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