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She had ligature marks on her wrists and ankles.
  something used to tie or bind — especially a surgical thread
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  • She had ligature marks on her wrists and ankles.
  • She was hopeful that her tubal ligature could be undone.
  • And she has ligature marks on her wrists, and when they search my apartment, there on the headboard of my bed are two ties—like, neckties—tucked down near the mattress, and the ties are, quote, ’consistent with the ligature marks.’
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • I finished listing the muscles of the hand and started in on the ligatures when Arwyl waved me into silence and asked his next question.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind

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  • I’d seen enough ligature marks to know what it meant.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • No ligature marks on the neck.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • So, then, an elongated Siamese ligature united us.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He carried three books bound together by some sort of ornamental elastic ligature, and a bundle wrapped in a blue table-cloth.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • Miss Abbot turned to divest a stout leg of the necessary ligature.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • I likewise felt several slender ligatures across my body, from my arm-pits to my thighs.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels

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  • A bold cut down the belly, and a few touches here and there where the ligatures still bound the hide to the body, and the animal was flayed.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Some of the hacked swords were tied to the wrists of those who carried them, with strips of linen and fragments of dress: ligatures various in kind, but all deep of the one colour.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • If, then, we are to believe the skilful, revolutions like the Revolution of July are severed arteries; a prompt ligature is indispensable.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • A few hours after the operation, a ligature of one of the blood vessels into the lung cavity gave way, and Dr. Sasaki suffered severe hemorrhaging for nearly a week.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • As the Orientals say, "A cur’s tail may be warmed, and pressed, and bound round with ligatures, and after a twelve years’ labor bestowed upon it, still it will retain its natural form."
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • There was a sort of sham soldier, a "naquois," as the slang expression runs, who was whistling as he undid the bandages from his fictitious wound, and removing the numbness from his sound and vigorous knee, which had been swathed since morning in a thousand ligatures.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • So tightly had the ligatures been drawn, that the use of his limbs was not immediately recovered, and the young giant presented, in good sooth, a very helpless and a somewhat ludicrous picture.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Neither Ambrose Pare, applying for the first time since Celsus, after an interval of fifteen centuries, a ligature to an artery, nor Dupuytren, about to open an abscess in the brain, nor Gensoul when he first took away the superior maxilla, had hearts that trembled, hands that shook, minds so strained as Monsieur Bovary when he approached Hippolyte, his tenotome between his fingers.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • The midwife was putting a ligature on the navel before cutting the cord.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • He secured the needle in place with ligatures, his hands a blur as he pushed one knot down over another.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Their union had existed but two short seasons, and its fruits now lay sleeping at her feet, wrapped in the customary ligatures of skin and bark, which form the swaddlings of an Indian infant.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • ) Soon Shall the Winter’s Foil Be Here Soon shall the winter’s foil be here; Soon shall these icy ligatures unbind and melt—A little while, And air, soil, wave, suffused shall be in softness, bloom and growth—a thousand forms shall rise From these dead clods and chills as from low burial graves.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Her eyes fell on a catgut ligature that was looped around a bed rail near his hands and that displayed knot thrown on top of knot, ten-score of them.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • When Braithwaite asked him to cut a ligature, Stone slid his scissors down to the knot and then turned the scissors at a forty-five-degree angle and cut, so there was no danger to the knot.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • And she has ligature marks on her wrists, and when they search my apartment, there on the headboard of my bed are two ties—like, neckties—tucked down near the mattress, and the ties are, quote, ’consistent with the ligature marks.’
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • "Run out one of the poles, Sarpent, if Sarpent you be," said Hurry, amid the groans that the tightness of the ligatures was beginning to extort from him—"run out one of the poles, and shove the head of the scow off, and you’ll drift clear of us—and, when you’ve done that good turn for yourself just finish this gagging blackguard for me."
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • By way of further security, and by means of a rope fastened to his neck, they added to the system of ligatures which rendered every attempt at escape impossible, that sort of bond which is called in prisons a martingale, which, starting at the neck, forks on the stomach, and meets the hands, after passing between the legs.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Some little time was necessary that he should recover the use of his limbs, the circulation of the blood having been checked by the tightness of the ligatures, and this was accorded to him by the politic Rivenoak, under the pretence that his body would be more likely to submit to apprehension if its true tone were restored; though really with a view to give time to the fierce passions which had been awakened in the bosoms of his young men to subside.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
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