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Meaning of LIGATURE

Pronunciation:  'liguchur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of tying or binding things together
  2. [n]  something used to tie or bind
  3. [n]  thread used by surgeons to bind a vessel (as to constrict the flow of blood)
  4. [n]  a metal band used to attach a reed to the mouthpiece of a clarinet or saxophone
  5. [n]  character consisting of two or more letters combined into one
  6. [n]  (music) a group of notes connected by a slur

LIGATURE is a 8 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: binder, tying
 See Also: attachment, band, character, fastening, grapheme, graphic symbol, ligament, ligation, musical phrase, phrase, thread, yarn



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    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 [ae], [filig],
  2. \Lig"a*ture\ (l[i^]g"[.a]*t[-u]r), v. t. (Surg.)
    To ligate; to tie.
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Filament (synthetic or natural) for tying off a structure during surgery.
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