the act of binding or tying up: The ligature of the artery was done with skill.
anything that serves for binding or tying up, as a band, bandage, or cord.
a tie or bond: the ligature of mutual need that bound them together.
Printing, Orthography. a stroke or bar connecting two letters.
Printing. a character or type combining two or more letters, as ﬂ and æ.
a group of notes connected by a slur.
a metal band for securing the reed of a clarinet or saxophone to the mouthpiece.
Surgery. a thread or wire for constriction of blood vessels or for removing tumors by strangulation.
to bind with a ligature; tie up; ligate.
- un·lig·a·tured, adjective
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How to use ligature in a sentence
The ligature around his neck corresponded to a fragment of ligature still attached to the shower curtain.
He had scars on his stomach and buttocks, and ligature indentations on his wrists.Florida Child Abuse Scandal: The Victim's New Life | Jacqui Goddard | February 24, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
A fourth ligature, but this one swift as an arrow, darted towards his stomach, and wound around him there.Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
It would be the bursting of the ligature of the artery; and once under the water with its heavy burden, no power could raise it.Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
For a time the wound seemed to be progressing favorably, but the unlucky complication of the ligature threw him back.The Life of Nelson, Vol. I (of 2) | A. T. (Alfred Thayer) Mahan
On that day the ligature came away, giving instant and entire relief.The Life of Nelson, Vol. I (of 2) | A. T. (Alfred Thayer) Mahan
His hands were now immoderately swelled from the tightness of the ligature; and the pain had become intolerable.The Indian: On the Battle-Field and in the Wigwam | John Frost
British Dictionary definitions for ligature
the act of binding or tying up
something used to bind
a link, bond, or tie
surgery a thread or wire for tying around a vessel, duct, etc, as for constricting the flow of blood to a part
printing a character of two or more joined letters, such as, ﬂ, ﬃ, ﬄ
a slur or the group of notes connected by it
(in plainsong notation) a symbol indicating two or more notes grouped together
(tr) to bind with a ligature; ligate
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