Archive for October 12th, 2012
- The act of tying or binding something.
- A cord or similar thing used to tie something; especially the thread used in surgery to close a vessel or duct.
- A character that visually combines multiple letters, such as æ, œ, ß or ĳ; also logotype. Sometimes called atypographic ligature.
- A group of notes played as a phrase, or the curved line that indicates such a phrase.
- A piece used to hold a reed to the mouthpiece on woodwind instruments.
Used in a sentence:
- Her captor was an expert of ligature, she noted even as she wiggled to try to free herself from the ropes despite the small chance for success.
This word has so many meanings it is awesome. It is primarily for typography and music, obviously, but its general meaning is a nice word in and of itself. You never know when you might need to refer to someone else’s act of binding or tying something. Next time you see your friends wearing shoelaces, compliment them on their ligature! Also it leads to this nice compound word ligature point.