|ligature (ˈlɪɡətʃə, -ˌtʃʊə)|
|1.||the act of binding or tying up|
|2.||something used to bind|
|3.||a link, bond, or tie|
|4.||surgery a thread or wire for tying around a vessel, duct, etc, as for constricting the flow of blood to a part|
|5.||printing a character of two or more joined letters, such as, ﬂ, ﬃ, ﬄ|
|a. a slur or the group of notes connected by it|
|b. (in plainsong notation) a symbol indicating two or more notes grouped together|
|7.||(tr) to bind with a ligature; ligate|
|[C14: from Late Latin ligātūra, ultimately from Latin ligāre to bind]|
ligature lig·a·ture (lĭg'ə-chur', -chər)
The act of tying or binding.
A cord, wire, or bandage used for tying or binding.
A thread, wire, or cord used in surgery to close vessels or tie off ducts.