ligature

ligature
/lig"euh cheuhr, -choor'/, n., v., ligatured, ligaturing.
n.
1. the act of binding or tying up: The ligature of the artery was done with skill.
2. anything that serves for binding or tying up, as a band, bandage, or cord.
3. a tie or bond: the ligature of mutual need that bound them together.
4. Print., Orthography. a stroke or bar connecting two letters.
5. Print. a character or type combining two or more letters.
6. Music.
a. slur.
b. a group of notes connected by a slur.
c. a metal band for securing the reed of a clarinet or saxophone to the mouthpiece.
7. Surg. a thread or wire for constriction of blood vessels or for removing tumors by strangulation.
v.t.
8. to bind with a ligature; tie up; ligate.
[1350-1400; ME < LL ligatura. See LIGATE, -URE]

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  • Ligature — may refer to: Ligature (medicine) Ligature (music), a characteristic notation style of the Medieval and Renaissance periods of music history Ligature (musical instrument), a device used to attach a reed to the mouthpiece of a woodwind instrument… …   Wikipedia

  • ligature — Ligature. s. f. Bande dont les Chirurgiens lient les membres pour faire leurs operations. Serrer, lascher la ligature. faire une ligature. Il signifie aussi, La maniere de lier avec cette bande. C est un Chirurgien qui entend bien les ligatures.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Ligature — Lig a*ture (l[i^]g [.a]*t[ u]r; 135), n. [L. ligatura, fr. ligare, ligatum, to bind: cf. F. ligature. Cf. {Ally}, {League}, {Legatura}, {Liable}, {Ligament}.] 1. The act of binding. [1913 Webster] 2. Anything that binds; a band or bandage. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ligature — c.1400, something used in tying or binding, from M.Fr. ligature (14c.), from L.L. ligatura a band, from L. ligatus, pp. of ligare to bind (see LIGAMENT (Cf. ligament)). In musical notation from 1590s; of letters joined in printing or writing from …   Etymology dictionary

  • ligature — ► NOUN 1) a thing used for tying something tightly. 2) a cord used in surgery, especially to tie up a bleeding artery. 3) Music a slur or tie. 4) Printing a character consisting of two or more joined letters, e.g. æ. ► VERB ▪ bind or connect with …   English terms dictionary

  • ligature — [lig′ə chər] n. [ME < MFr < LL ligatura < pp. of L ligare, to bind < IE base * leiĝ , to bind > MLowG līk, a tie, MHG geleich, joint, Alb lidhe, a bond] 1. a tying or binding together 2. a thing used in tying or binding together;… …   English World dictionary

  • Ligature — Lig a*ture (l[i^]g [.a]*t[ u]r), v. t. (Surg.) To ligate; to tie. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ligature — (frz., spr. tühr), hinterind. Geldgröße, ein Bündel von 600 Dong (s.d.) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • ligature — index chain (nexus), connection (fastening) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • ligature — in printing, is a pair of letters printed in a joined form, e.g. æ. See digraph …   Modern English usage

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