vinculum

noun
vin·​cu·​lum | \ ˈviŋ-kyə-ləm How to pronounce vinculum (audio) \
plural vinculums or vincula\ ˈviŋ-​kyə-​lə How to pronounce vincula (audio) \

Definition of vinculum

1 : a unifying bond : link, tie
2 : a straight horizontal mark placed over two or more members of a compound mathematical expression and equivalent to parentheses or brackets about them

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First Known Use of vinculum

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vinculum

Latin, from vincire to bind

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