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vinculum

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noun, vin·cu·lum \ˈviŋ-kyə-ləm\

Definition of vinculum

plural vinculums or vinculaplay \-lə\

  1. 1 :  a unifying bond :  link, tie

  2. 2 :  a straight horizontal mark placed over two or more members of a compound mathematical expression and equivalent to parentheses or brackets about them (as in a-b-c=a-[b-c])



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Origin of vinculum

Latin, from vincire to bind


First Known Use: 1661


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