Definitions for ligatureˈlɪg ə tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

lig•a•tureˈlɪg ə tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər(n.; v.)-tured, -tur•ing.

  1. (n.)the act of binding or tying up.

  2. anything that serves for binding or tying up, as a band, bandage, or cord.

  3. a tie or bond.

  4. a stroke or bar connecting two letters.

  5. a character or type combining two or more letters, as and


    Category: Printing

  6. a group of musical notes connected by a slur.

    Category: Music and Dance

  7. a thread or wire for surgical constriction of blood vessels or for removing tumors by strangulation.

    Category: Surgery

  8. (v.t.)to bind with a ligature; tie up; ligate.

Origin of ligature:

1350–1400; ME < LL ligātūra. See ligate , -ure

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ligature(noun)

    (music) a group of notes connected by a slur

  2. ligature(noun)

    character consisting of two or more letters combined into one

  3. ligature(noun)

    a metal band used to attach a reed to the mouthpiece of a clarinet or saxophone

  4. ligature(noun)

    thread used by surgeons to bind a vessel (as to constrict the flow of blood)

  5. binder, ligature(noun)

    something used to tie or bind

  6. tying, ligature(noun)

    the act of tying or binding things together


  1. ligature(Noun)

    The act of tying or binding something.

  2. ligature(Noun)

    A cord or similar thing used to tie something; especially the thread used in surgery to close a vessel or duct.

  3. ligature(Noun)

    A character that visually combines multiple letters, such as u00E6, u0153, u00DF or u0133; also logotype. Sometimes called a typographic ligature.

  4. ligature(Noun)

    A group of notes played as a phrase, or the curved line that indicates such a phrase.

  5. ligature(Noun)

    A piece used to hold a reed to the mouthpiece on woodwind instruments.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ligature(noun)

    the act of binding

  2. Ligature(noun)

    anything that binds; a band or bandage

  3. Ligature(noun)

    a thread or string for tying the blood vessels, particularly the arteries, to prevent hemorrhage

  4. Ligature(noun)

    a thread or wire used to remove tumors, etc

  5. Ligature(noun)

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

  6. Ligature(noun)

    impotence caused by magic or charms

  7. Ligature(noun)

    a curve or line connecting notes; a slur

  8. Ligature(noun)

    a double character, or a type consisting of two or more letters or characters united, as ae, /, /

  9. Ligature(verb)

    to ligate; to tie


  1. Typographic ligature

    In writing and typography, a ligature occurs where two or more graphemes or letters are joined as a single glyph. Ligatures usually replace consecutive characters sharing common components and are part of a more general class of glyphs called "contextual forms", where the specific shape of a letter depends on context such as surrounding letters or proximity to the end of a line. By way of example, the common ampersand represents the Latin conjunctive word et, for which the English equivalent is the word "and". The ampersand's symbol is a ligature, joining the old handwritten Latin letters e and t of the word et, so that the word is represented as a single glyph.


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