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vinculum (VING-kyuh-lum) noun

1. A bond or tie. (Vinculum matrimonii is Latin for the bond of marriage).

2. Mathematics: A horizontal bar placed over two or more terms to show that they are to be treated together, equivalent to enclosing them in a parenthesis.

3. Anatomy: A ligament.

[From Latin vinculum (fetter), from vincire (to tie).]

"It excels in setting equations. Fraction bars, underscores, baseline rules and vinculum rules will automatically adjust either with the addition or subtraction of characters." ProType Math 9.0, SoftBase, Dec 19, 1994.

This week's theme: words from math.


He whom the gods love, dies young. -Titus Maccius Plautus, dramatist (circa 254-184 BCE)

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