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Definition 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.
  • 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
  • I'd seen enough ligature marks to know what it meant.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • So, then, an elongated Siamese ligature united us.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • No ligature marks on the neck.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • 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
  • I likewise felt several slender ligatures across my body, from my arm-pits to my thighs.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver's Travels
  • Miss Abbot turned to divest a stout leg of the necessary ligature.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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