Definition of ligature
- having no ligature of race or family affection to bind them together
- —Horace Bushnell
- the ligature of an artery
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
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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