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vinculum

[ving-kyuh-luh m]
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noun, plural vin·cu·la [ving-kyuh-luh] /ˈvɪŋ kyə lə/.
  1. a bond signifying union or unity; tie.
  2. 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.
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Origin of vinculum

1655–65; < Latin: fetter, equivalent to vinc(īre) to bind + -ulum -ule

vinculum matrimonii

[wing-koo-loo m mah-tri-moh-ni-ee; English ving-kyuh-luh m ma-tri-moh-nee-ahy]
noun Latin.
  1. the bond of matrimony.
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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for vinculum

Historical Examples

  • Mr. Bowditch, too, refuses us; so fascinating is the vinculum of the dulce natale solum.

    Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson

    Thomas Jefferson

  • The notion of the vinculum juris, so far as my knowledge extends, is exclusively Roman.

    Ancient Law

    Sir Henry James Sumner Maine

  • All alike gave rise to an Obligation or vinculum juris, and were all requited by a payment of money.

    Ancient Law

    Sir Henry James Sumner Maine

  • Through this mystical zennaar, or vinculum, the sanctified person is passed with endless ceremonials.

  • Third, by the repetition of the note with a vinculum or tie, the second note not being sung or played.


British Dictionary definitions for vinculum

vinculum

noun plural -la (-lə)
  1. 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)
  2. anatomy
    1. any bandlike structure, esp one uniting two or more parts
    2. another name for ligament
  3. rare a unifying bond; tie
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin: bond, from vincīre to bind
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Word Origin and History for vinculum

n.

plural vincula, 1670s, from Latin vinc-, stem of vincire "to bind" (see wind (v.1)).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

vinculum in Medicine

vinculum

(vĭngkyə-ləm)
n. pl. vin•cu•lums
  1. A uniting band or bandlike structure, such as a frenum or ligament.
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