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Ligature


LIG'ATURE, noun [Latin ligatura.]

1. Any thing that binds; a band or bandage.

2. The act of binding; as, by a strict ligature of the parts.

3. Impotence induced by magic.

4. In music, a band or line connecting notes.

5. Among printers, a double character, or a type consisting of two letters or characters united; as fl, fi, in English. The old editions of Greek authors abound with ligatures.

6. The state of being bound.

7. In medicine, stiffness of a joint.

8. In surgery, a cord or string for tying the blood vessels, particularly the arteries, to prevent hemorrhage.