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ligature (n.)

c. 1400, "something used in tying or binding," from Late Latin ligatura "a band," from Latin ligatus, past participle of ligare "to bind" (from PIE root *leig- "to tie, bind"). In modern musical notation, "group of notes slurred together," from 1590s; of letters joined in printing or writing from 1690s.

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Definitions of ligature from WordNet

ligature (n.)
(music) a group of notes connected by a slur;
ligature (n.)
character consisting of two or more letters combined into one;
ligature (n.)
a metal band used to attach a reed to the mouthpiece of a clarinet or saxophone;
ligature (n.)
thread used by surgeons to bind a vessel (as to constrict the flow of blood);
ligature (n.)
something used to tie or bind;
Synonyms: binder
ligature (n.)
the act of tying or binding things together;
Synonyms: tying
From wordnet.princeton.edu