Meaning of ligature

lig•a•ture

Pronunciation: (lig'u-chur, -choor"), [key]
— n., v., -tured, -tur•ing.
—n.
  1. the act of binding or tying up: The ligature of the artery was done with skill.
  2. anything that serves for binding or tying up, as a band, bandage, or cord.
  3. a tie or bond: the ligature of mutual need that bound them together.
  4. a stroke or bar connecting two letters.
  5. a character or type combining two or more letters, as fi and ffi.
    1. slur.
    2. a group of notes connected by a slur.
    3. a metal band for securing the reed of a clarinet or saxophone to the mouthpiece.
  6. a thread or wire for constriction of blood vessels or for removing tumors by strangulation.
—v.t.
  1. to bind with a ligature; tie up; ligate.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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