1A thing used for tying or binding something tightly.
- Her hands were tied together so tightly that the ligature was cutting into the skin.
- He had been strangled with a ligature and his wrists were tied.
- A Prison Service spokesperson said: ‘Paramedics were called to the prison and there were no signs of a ligature.’
1.1A cord or thread used in surgery, especially to tie up a bleeding artery.
- The ligatures on his splenic artery and vein had slipped.
- Suture ligatures and electrocoagulation are the two most common techniques for hemostasis.
- The alternative of tying the damaged vessel with a ligature had been employed by various surgeons dating back to Celsus, a Roman medical author in the first century ad.
3 Printing A character consisting of two or more joined letters, e.g., æ, fl.
- The ampersand is an ancient Roman symbol derived from the ligature or combination into one character of the e and t in the Latin et, meaning and.
- See the ligature (the ‘fi’ combined into one character)?
- For others it's the ligatures, or the roundness, or the old-style numerals.
3.1A stroke that joins adjacent letters in writing or printing.
- With a little more clarity I remember being taught ‘real’ writing, joining the letters with neat little ligatures to form an extremely regular and legible ‘round-hand’ script, such as was then in fashion for all general clerical work.
- In this book's case, the ligatures don't serve as useful little joining devices but more like ornaments - flourishes that add a touch of whimsy to the letters and also recall, again, the flowing beauty of hand lettering.
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