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Webster 1913 Edition


Ligature

Lig′a-ture

(lĭg′ȧ-tū̍r; 135)
,
Noun.
[L.
ligatura
, fr.
ligare
,
ligatum
, to bind: cf. F.
ligature
. Cf.
Ally
,
League
,
Legatura
,
Liable
,
Ligament
.]
1.
The act of binding.
2.
Anything that binds; a band or bandage.
3.
(Surg.)
(a)
A thread or string for tying the blood vessels, particularly the arteries, to prevent hemorrhage.
(b)
A thread or wire used to remove tumors, etc.
4.
The state of being bound or stiffened; stiffness;
as, the
ligature
of a joint
.
5.
Impotence caused by magic or charms.
[Obs.]
6.
(Mus.)
A curve or line connecting notes; a slur.
7.
(Print.)
A double character, or a type consisting of two or more letters or characters united, as æ, [filig], [ffllig].

Lig′a-ture

(lĭg′ȧ-tū̍r)
,
Verb.
T.
(Surg.)
To ligate; to tie.

Webster 1828 Edition


Ligature

LIG'ATURE

,
Noun.
[L. ligatura.]
1.
Any thing that binds; a band or bandage.
2.
The act of binding; as, by a strict ligature of the parts.
3.
Impotence induced by magic.
4.
In music, a band or line connecting notes.
5.
Among printers, a double character, or a type consisting of two letters or characters united; as fl, fi, in English. The old editions of Greek authors abound with ligatures.
6.
The state of being bound.
7.
In medicine, stiffness of a joint.
8.
In surgery, a cord or string for tying the blood vessels, particularly the arteries, to prevent hemorrhage.

Definition 2022


ligature

ligature

See also: ligaturé

English

Noun

ligature (countable and uncountable, plural ligatures)

Examples of ligatures
  1. (uncountable) The act of tying or binding something.
  2. (countable) A cord or similar thing used to tie something; especially the thread used in surgery to close a vessel or duct.
  3. A thread or wire used to remove tumours, etc.
  4. The state of being bound or stiffened; stiffness.
    the ligature of a joint
  5. (countable, typography) A character that visually combines multiple letters, such as æ, œ, ß or ij; also logotype. Sometimes called a typographic ligature.
  6. (countable, music) A group of notes played as a phrase, or the curved line that indicates such a phrase.
  7. (music) A curve or line connecting notes; a slur.
  8. (countable) A piece used to hold a reed to the mouthpiece on woodwind instruments.
  9. Impotence caused by magic or charms.

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Verb

ligature (third-person singular simple present ligatures, present participle ligaturing, simple past and past participle ligatured)

  1. (surgery) To ligate; to tie.


French

Etymology

Borrowed from Late Latin ligātura, from Latin ligātus, past participle of ligō (tie, bind). Compare the popular Old French liüre.

Noun

ligature f (plural ligatures)

  1. a tie; the action of tying
  2. a binding, notably in horticulture
  3. ligature; a character that combines multiple letters; logotype.

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Latin

Participle

ligātūre

  1. vocative masculine singular of ligātūrus