- a tying or binding together
- a thing used in tying or binding together
- a written or printed character containing two or more letters united, as æ,?, ?
- a curved line connecting such letters in writing
- in medieval mensural notation, a symbol representing two or more notes
- a curved line joining two or more notes in a tie or slur
- the notes so connected
- Surgery a thread or wire used to tie up an artery, etc.
Origin of ligatureMiddle English from Middle French from Late Latin ligatura from past participle of Classical Latin ligare, to bind from Indo-European base an unverified form lei?-, to bind from source Middle Low German l?k, a tie, Middle High German geleich, joint, Albanian lidhe, a bond
transitive verb-·tured, -·tur·ing