Definition of ligature noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈlɪɡətʃə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪɡətʃər//
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something that is used for tying something very tightly, for example to stop the loss of blood from a wound Word OriginMiddle English: via late Latin ligatura from Latin ligat- ‘bound’, from the verb ligare.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ligature