- a bond signifying union or unity; tie.
- Mathematics. a stroke or brace drawn over a quantity consisting of several members or terms, as , in order to show that they are to be considered together.
Origin of vinculum
1655–65; < Latin: fetter, equivalent to vinc(īre) to bind + -ulum -ule
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Examples from the Web for vincula
In a few legs, no vincula are associated with the patellar tendon.Variation in the Muscles and Nerves of the Leg in
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The chains are in the church Ad Vincula; the wooden chair is in the Vatican.Curiosities of Christian History
Cornelius enim, velut in conloquium per fraudem evocatus, a Poenis comprehensus erat et in vincula coniectus.
Cornlius enim, velut in conloquium per fraudem voctus, Poens comprehnsus erat et in vincula coniectus.
- a horizontal line drawn above a group of mathematical terms, used as an alternative to parentheses in mathematical expressions, as in x + ̅ y – z which is equivalent to x + (y – z)
- any bandlike structure, esp one uniting two or more parts
- another name for ligament
- rare a unifying bond; tie
C17: from Latin: bond, from vincīre to bind
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Word Origin and History for vincula
plural vincula, 1670s, from Latin vinc-, stem of vincire "to bind" (see wind (v.1)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A uniting band or bandlike structure, such as a frenum or ligament.
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