1. a sheet or band of tough fibrous tissue connecting bones or cartilages or supporting muscles or organs
2. any connection or unifying bond
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ligament \Lig"a*ment\ (l[i^]g"[.a]*ment), n. [L. ligamentum, fr.
ligare to bind; cf. f. ligament. Cf. Lien, n., Ligature.]
1. Anything that ties or unites one thing or part to another;
a bandage; a bond. --Hawthorne.
Interwoven is the love of liberty with every
ligament of your hearts. --Washington.
(a) A tough band or plate of dense, fibrous, connective
tissue or fibrocartilage serving to unite bones or
(b) A band of connective tissue, or a membranous fold,
which supports or retains an organ in place; as, the
gastrophrenic ligament, connecting the diaphragm and
[1913 Webster] Ligamental
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a sheet or band of tough fibrous tissue connecting bones or
cartilages or supporting muscles or organs
2: any connection or unifying bond
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
25 Moby Thesaurus words for "ligament":
bone, braid, brail, cable, cartilage, cord, knot, ligation,
ligature, line, link, nexus, ossicle, rope, spun yarn, string,
tendon, thong, tie, twine, twist, vinculum, wire, yarn, yoke