2. (Anat.) (a) A tough band or plate of dense, fibrous, connective tissue or fibrocartilage serving to
unite bones or form joints. (b) A band of connective tissue, or a membranous fold, which supports or
retains an organ in place; as, the gastrophrenic ligament, connecting the diaphragm and stomach.
(Lig`a*men"tous) a. [Cf. F. ligamenteux.] Composing a
ligament; of the nature of a ligament; binding; as, a strong ligamentous membrane.
(Li"gan) n. [Cf. L. ligare to bind, to tie, ligamen band, bandage, E. ligament, or ligsam.] (Law)
Goods sunk in the sea, with a buoy attached in order that they may be found again. See Jetsam and
Flotsam. [Written also lagan.] Blackstone.
(Li"gate) v. t. [L. ligatus, p. p. of ligare.] To tie with a ligature; to bind around; to bandage.
(Li*ga"tion) n. [L. ligatio, fr. ligare to bind. Cf. Liaison.]
1. The act of binding, or the state of being bound.
2. That which binds; bond; connection.
Tied with tape, and sealed at each fold and ligation.Sir W. Scott.
(Li*ga"tor) n. [See Ligate.] (Surg.) An instrument for ligating, or for placing and fastening a
(Lig"a*ture) n. [L. ligatura, fr. ligare, ligatum, to bind: cf. F. ligature. Cf. Ally, League,
Legatura, Liable, Ligament.]
1. The act of binding.
2. Anything that binds; a band or bandage.
3. (Surg.) (a) A thread or string for tying the blood vessels, particularly the arteries, to prevent hemorrhage.
(b) A thread or wire used to remove tumors, etc.
4. The state of being bound or stiffened; stiffness; as, the ligature of a joint.
5. Impotence caused by magic or charms. [Obs.]
6. (Mus.) A curve or line connecting notes; a slur.
7. (Print.) A double character, or a type consisting of two or more letters or characters united, as æ,
(Lig"a*ture) v. t. (Surg.) To ligate; to tie.
(Lig"e) v. t. & i. To lie; to tell lies. [Obs.]
(Li"geance) n. [OF. ligeance, ligance. See Liege.] (O. Eng. Law) The connection between
sovereign and subject by which they were mutually bound, the former to protection and the securing of
justice, the latter to faithful service; allegiance. [Written also ligeancy and liegance.] Chaucer.
(Lige"ment) n. See Ledgment.
(Lig"ge) v. i. To lie or recline. [Obs.] Chaucer.