from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To tie or bind with a ligature.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To bind with a ligature or bandage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To tie with a ligature; to bind around; to bandage.
  • transitive v. To concatenate two strands of (nucleic acid, usually DNA), in an end-to-end fashion, using a ligase.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bind with a ligature; tie.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. bind with a bandage or ligature
  • v. join letters in a ligature when writing
  • v. bind chemically


Latin ligāre, ligāt-; see leig- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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