What does the word ligature mean?

Usage examples for ligature

  1. Neither a natural ligature nor a spiritual one holds the union together, and it is not a natural, not a spiritual league. – The Ego and His Own by Max Stirner
  2. If either of these vessels require a ligature in this region of the arm, the operation may be performed with little trouble, as a simple incision over the track of the vessels, through the skin and the fascia, will readily expose each. – Surgical Anatomy by Joseph Maclise