- 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 ƕ.
- Surgery. a thread or wire for constriction of blood vessels or for removing tumors by strangulation.
- to bind with a ligature; tie up; ligate.
Origin of ligature
Examples from the Web for ligature
The ligature around his neck corresponded to a fragment of ligature still attached to the shower curtain.Boris Berezovsky and the Russian Money Problem
March 30, 2013
He had scars on his stomach and buttocks, and ligature indentations on his wrists.Florida Child Abuse Scandal: The Victim's New Life
February 24, 2011
The old operation, or ligature of the gluteal artery in the hip.A Manual of the Operations of Surgery
To illustrate this opinion, his work on the ligature may be taken.
When going to bleed at the ankle the ligature is to be applied at the knee.Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times
John Stewart Milne
To prevent any injury, the ligature should be brought away first, and then the catheter.A System of Midwifery
Here a wounded officer was brought in for whom a ligature was wanted.Saragossa
Benito Prez Galds
- 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
Word Origin and History for ligature
c.1400, "something used in tying or binding," from Middle French ligature (14c.), from Late Latin ligatura "a band," from Latin ligatus, past participle of ligare "to bind" (see ligament). In musical notation from 1590s; of letters joined in printing or writing from 1690s.
- The act of tying or binding.
- A cord, wire, or bandage used in surgery to close vessels or tie off ducts.
- A thread, wire, or cord used in surgery to close vessels or tie off ducts.