Ligature meaning

lĭgə-cho͝or, -chər
The act of tying or binding.
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(countable) A piece used to hold a reed to the mouthpiece on woodwind instruments.
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A character, letter, or unit of type, such as æ, combining two or more letters.
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To ligate.
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A tying or binding together.
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A thing used in tying or binding together.
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A thread or wire used to tie up an artery, etc.
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To tie or bind together with a ligature; ligate.
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The act of tying or binding.
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To ligate.
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Two or more typeface characters that are designed as a single unit (physically touch). Fi, ffi, ae and oe are common ligatures.
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(uncountable) The act of tying or binding something.
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(countable) A cord or similar thing used to tie something; especially the thread used in surgery to close a vessel or duct.
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A thread or wire used to remove tumours, etc.
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The state of being bound or stiffened; stiffness.

The ligature of a joint.

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(countable, typography) A character that visually combines multiple letters, such as æ, œ, ß or ij; also logotype. Sometimes called a typographic ligature.
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(countable, music) A group of notes played as a phrase, or the curved line that indicates such a phrase.
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(music) A curve or line connecting notes; a slur.
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Impotence caused by magic or charms.
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(surgery) To ligate; to tie.
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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.
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Origin of ligature

  • Middle English from Old French from Late Latin ligātūra from Latin ligātus past participle of ligāre to bind leig- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin ligātura, from Latin ligātus, past participle of ligāre (“to tie, bind").

    From Wiktionary