Definitions for: Ligature

[n] the act of tying or binding things together
[n] something used to tie or bind
[n] thread used by surgeons to bind a vessel (as to constrict the flow of blood)
[n] a metal band used to attach a reed to the mouthpiece of a clarinet or saxophone
[n] character consisting of two or more letters combined into one
[n] (music) a group of notes connected by a slur

Webster (1913) Definition: Lig"a*ture (l[i^]g"[.a]*t[-u]r; 135), n. [L.
ligatura, fr. ligare, ligatum, to bind: cf. F. ligature. Cf.
Ally, League, Legatura, Liable, Ligament.]
1. The act of binding.

2. Anything that binds; a band or bandage.

3. (Surg.)
(a) A thread or string for tying the blood vessels,
particularly the arteries, to prevent hemorrhage.
(b) A thread or wire used to remove tumors, etc.

4. The state of being bound or stiffened; stiffness; as, the
ligature of a joint.

5. Impotence caused by magic or charms. [Obs.]

6. (Mus.) A curve or line connecting notes; a slur.

7. (Print.) A double character, or a type consisting of two
or more letters or characters united, as [ae], [filig],

Lig"a*ture (l[i^]g"[.a]*t[-u]r), v. t. (Surg.)
To ligate; to tie.

Synonyms: binder, tying

See Also: attachment, band, character, fastening, grapheme, graphic symbol, ligament, ligation, musical phrase, phrase, thread, yarn

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