- 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
[wing-koo-loo m mah-tri-moh-ni-ee; English ving-kyuh-luh m ma-tri-moh-nee-ahy]
- the bond of matrimony.
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Examples from the Web for vinculum
Mr. Bowditch, too, refuses us; so fascinating is the vinculum of the dulce natale solum.
The notion of the vinculum juris, so far as my knowledge extends, is exclusively Roman.
All alike gave rise to an Obligation or vinculum juris, and were all requited by a payment of money.
Through this mystical zennaar, or vinculum, the sanctified person is passed with endless ceremonials.Cultus Arborum
Third, by the repetition of the note with a vinculum or tie, the second note not being sung or played.
- 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 vinculum
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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