- that which binds; bond; tie
- Anat. a band or connecting fold
- Math. a line drawn over two or more terms of a compound quantity to show that they are to be treated together (Ex.: a ? )
Origin of vinculumClassical Latin ; from vincere, to bind ; from Indo-European base an unverified form wei-, to bend from source vimen
nounpl. vin·cu·lums or vin·cu·la
- Mathematics A bar drawn over two or more algebraic terms to indicate that they are to be treated as a single term.
- Anatomy A bandlike structure, such as a ligament.
- A bond or tie.
Origin of vinculumLatin, bond, tie, from vinc&imacron;re, to tie.
(plural vincula or vinculums)
- A bond or link signifying union.
- (arithmetic) A horizontal line over the top of some of the terms in an expression, indicating that that part of the calculation is to be done before other parts.
- (Australia, arithmetic) Specifically, the horizontal line between the numerator and denominator in a fraction.
- (anatomy) A ligament that limits the movement of an organ or part.
From Latin vinculum (“bond, link"), from vinciÅ (“bind, fetter, tie") + -ulum.