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ligature (n.)

c. 1400, "something used in tying or binding," from Middle French ligature "a binding" (14c.), 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