What does ligature mean?

Definitions for ligatureˈlɪg ə tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ligature.

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

  10. Origin: [L. ligatura, fr. ligare, ligatum, to bind: cf. F. ligature. Cf. Ally, League, Legatura, Liable, Ligament.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ligature in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ligature in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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