[ ving-kyuh-luh m ]
/ ˈvɪŋ kyə ləm /

noun, plural vin·cu·la [ving-kyuh-luh] /ˈvɪŋ kyə lə/.

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.

Nearby words

  1. vinci, leonardo da,
  2. vincible,
  3. vincit omnia veritas,
  4. vincristine,
  5. vincristine sulfate,
  6. vinculum matrimonii,
  7. vinculum of tendons,
  8. vindaloo,
  9. vindhya hills,
  10. vindhya pradesh

Origin of vinculum

1655–65; < Latin: fetter, equivalent to vinc(īre) to bind + -ulum -ule Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vincula


/ (ˈvɪŋkjʊləm) /

noun plural -la (-lə)

a horizontal line drawn above a group of mathematical terms, used as an alternative to parentheses in mathematical expressions, as in x + ̅ yz which is equivalent to x + (yz)
  1. any bandlike structure, esp one uniting two or more parts
  2. another name for ligament
rare a unifying bond; tie

Word Origin for vinculum

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

Medicine definitions for vincula


[ vĭngkyə-ləm ]

n. pl. vin•cu•lums

A uniting band or bandlike structure, such as a frenum or ligament.

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