- 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
- The act of tying or binding.
- a. A cord, wire, or bandage used for tying or binding.b. A thread, wire, or cord used in surgery to close vessels or tie off ducts.c. Something that unites; a bond.
- A character, letter, or unit of type, such as æ, combining two or more letters.
- Music a. A group of notes intended to be played or sung as one phrase.b. A curved line indicating such a phrase; a slur.c. A passage of notes sung by repeating the same syllable.d. A metal band that attaches the reed to the mouthpiece of the clarinet and related instruments.
transitive verblig·a·tured, lig·a·tur·ing, lig·a·tures
Origin of ligatureMiddle English, from Old French, from Late Latin ligat&umacron;ra, from Latin ligatus, past participle of ligare, to bind; see leig- in Indo-European roots.
opening notes of “The Star-Spangled Banner”
(countable and uncountable, plural ligatures)
- (uncountable) The act of tying or binding something.
- (countable) A cord or similar thing used to tie something; especially the thread used in surgery to close a vessel or duct.
- A thread or wire used to remove tumours, etc.
- The state of being bound or stiffened; stiffness.
- the ligature of a joint
- (countable, typography) A character that visually combines multiple letters, such as Ã¦, Å“, ÃŸ or Ä³; also logotype. Sometimes called a typographic ligature.
- (countable, music) A group of notes played as a phrase, or the curved line that indicates such a phrase.
- (music) A curve or line connecting notes; a slur.
- (countable) A piece used to hold a reed to the mouthpiece on woodwind instruments.
- Impotence caused by magic or charms.
(third-person singular simple present ligatures, present participle ligaturing, simple past and past participle ligatured)
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
From Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin ligÄtura, from Latin ligÄtus, past participle of ligÄre (“to tie, bind").
ligature - Computer Definition
Two or more typeface characters that are designed as a single unit (physically touch). Fi, ffi, ae and oe are common ligatures.