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Vin"cu*lum (?), n.; pl. L. Vincula (#), E. Vinculums (#). [L., from vincire, vinctum, to bind.]


A bond of union; a tie.

2. Math.

A straight, horizontal mark placed over two or more members of a compound quantity, which are to be subjected to the same operation, as in the expression x2 + y2 - x + y.

<-- the same effect is more usually obtained by enclosing the expression under the vinculum in parentheses. -->

3. Anat.

A band or bundle of fibers; a fraenum.

4. Zool.

A commissure uniting the two main tendons in the foot of certain birds.


© Webster 1913.

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