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ligature

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noun lig·a·ture \ˈli-gə-ˌchu̇r, -chər, -ˌtu̇r, -ˌtyu̇r\

Definition of ligature

  1. 1 a :  something that is used to bind; specifically :  a filament (as a thread) used in surgery b :  something that unites or connects :  bond

  2. 2 :  the action of binding or tying

  3. 3 :  a compound note in mensural notation indicating a group of musical notes to be sung to one syllable

  4. 4 :  a printed or written character (as æ or ƒƒ) consisting of two or more letters or characters joined together



Examples of ligature

  1. <the surgeon tied a ligature around the tube to keep it in place>

  2. <a common language is often the ligature that unites the people of a nation>



Origin of ligature

Middle English, from Late Latin ligatura, from Latin ligatus, past participle of ligare to bind, tie; akin to Albanian lidh I tie


First Known Use: 14th century



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