ligature

noun

lig·​a·​ture ˈli-gə-ˌchu̇r How to pronounce ligature (audio)
-chər,
-ˌtu̇r,
-ˌtyu̇r
1
a
: something that is used to bind
specifically : a filament (such as a thread) used in surgery
b
: something that unites or connects : bond
having no ligature of race or family affection to bind them togetherHorace Bushnell
2
: the action of binding or tying
the ligature of an artery
3
: a compound note in mensural notation indicating a group of musical notes to be sung to one syllable
4
: a printed or written character (such as æ or ff) consisting of two or more letters or characters joined together

Examples of ligature in a Sentence

the surgeon tied a ligature around the tube to keep it in place a common language is often the ligature that unites the people of a nation

Word History

Etymology

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, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of ligature was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Ligature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ligature. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

ligature

noun
lig·​a·​ture ˈlig-ə-ˌchu̇(ə)r How to pronounce ligature (audio)
-chər
1
: a binding or tying of something
2
: something that binds or connects : band, bond
3
: a thread used in surgery especially for tying blood vessels

Medical Definition

ligature

1 of 2 noun
1
: something that is used to bind
specifically : a filament (as a thread) used in surgery (as for tying blood vessels)
2
: the action or result of binding or tying
the ligature of an artery

ligature

2 of 2 transitive verb
ligatured; ligaturing
: to tie up or bind
ligaturing the blood vesselsVeterinary Record

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