ligature

   In calligraphy and typography, two or more letters joined together to create a single character. Among the most common such combinations: æ (a+e) and Æ (A+E). Among other letters most commonly combined include oe, fi, ff, and ffl. When cast type was employed (before the digital revolution), a ligature was cast on the same body of type. Kerning, by comparison with ligature, is the technique of adjusting the spacing between two letters to bring them close enough to overlap. Some ligatures, including "æ", might be described as made by kerning. The horizontal spaces between lines of type are called leading. Example ligatures:

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  • ligature — [ ligatyr ] n. f. • XVe; ligadure XIVe; bas lat. ligatura, de ligare → lier 1 ♦ Opération consistant à réunir, à fixer, à serrer avec un lien. Faire une ligature. Chir. Nœud fait à l aide d un fil autour d un vaisseau (hémostase), d un cordon ou… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Ligature — may refer to: Ligature (medicine) Ligature (music), a characteristic notation style of the Medieval and Renaissance periods of music history Ligature (musical instrument), a device used to attach a reed to the mouthpiece of a woodwind instrument… …   Wikipedia

  • ligature — Ligature. s. f. Bande dont les Chirurgiens lient les membres pour faire leurs operations. Serrer, lascher la ligature. faire une ligature. Il signifie aussi, La maniere de lier avec cette bande. C est un Chirurgien qui entend bien les ligatures.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Ligature — Lig a*ture (l[i^]g [.a]*t[ u]r; 135), n. [L. ligatura, fr. ligare, ligatum, to bind: cf. F. ligature. Cf. {Ally}, {League}, {Legatura}, {Liable}, {Ligament}.] 1. The act of binding. [1913 Webster] 2. Anything that binds; a band or bandage. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ligature — c.1400, something used in tying or binding, from M.Fr. ligature (14c.), from L.L. ligatura a band, from L. ligatus, pp. of ligare to bind (see LIGAMENT (Cf. ligament)). In musical notation from 1590s; of letters joined in printing or writing from …   Etymology dictionary

  • ligature — ► NOUN 1) a thing used for tying something tightly. 2) a cord used in surgery, especially to tie up a bleeding artery. 3) Music a slur or tie. 4) Printing a character consisting of two or more joined letters, e.g. æ. ► VERB ▪ bind or connect with …   English terms dictionary

  • ligature — [lig′ə chər] n. [ME < MFr < LL ligatura < pp. of L ligare, to bind < IE base * leiĝ , to bind > MLowG līk, a tie, MHG geleich, joint, Alb lidhe, a bond] 1. a tying or binding together 2. a thing used in tying or binding together;… …   English World dictionary

  • Ligature — Lig a*ture (l[i^]g [.a]*t[ u]r), v. t. (Surg.) To ligate; to tie. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ligature — (frz., spr. tühr), hinterind. Geldgröße, ein Bündel von 600 Dong (s.d.) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • ligature — index chain (nexus), connection (fastening) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Ligature — An obsolete term for a light weight inferior French brocatelle, made of all cotton or cotton and wool. The pattern was usually small checks, lattice effects, or large coloured flowers. Used for bed covers …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

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