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Meaning of ligature by Wiktionary Dictionary



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


    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈlɪɡətʃɚ/


    ligature ( countable and uncountable; plural: ligatures )

    Examples of ligatures
    1. ( uncountable ) The act of tying or binding something .
    2. ( countable ) A cord or similar thing used to tie something; especially the thread used in surgery to close a vessel or duct .
    3. ( countable, typography ) A character that visually combines multiple letters, such as æ, œ, ß or ij; also logotype. Sometimes called a typographic ligature .
    4. ( countable, music ) A group of notes played as a phrase, or the curved line that indicates such a phrase .
    5. ( countable ) A piece used to hold a reed to the mouthpiece on woodwind instruments .

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Explanation of ligature by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the act of tying or binding things together

    2. something used to tie or bind

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

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

    5. character consisting of two or more letters combined into one

    6. a group of notes connected by a slur