Definitions for lassoˈlæs oʊ, læˈsu
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Lasso, Orlando di Lasso, Roland de Lassus(noun)
Belgian composer (1532-1594)
lasso, lariat, riata, reata(verb)
a long noosed rope used to catch animals
catch with a lasso
A long rope with a sliding loop on one end, generally used in ranching to catch cattle and horses.
An image-editing function allowing the user to capture an irregularly-shaped object by drawing an approximate outline.
To catch with a lasso.
Origin: lazo ← Vulgar * ← Latin laqueus.
a rope or long thong of leather with, a running noose, used for catching horses, cattle, etc
to catch with a lasso
Origin: [Sp. lazo, L. laqueus. See Lace.]
A lasso, also referred to as a lariat, riata, or reata, is a loop of rope that is designed to be thrown around a target and tighten when pulled. It is a well-known tool of the American cowboy. The word is also a verb; to lasso is to throw the loop of rope around something. Although the tool has several proper names, such terms are rarely employed by those who actually use it; nearly all cowboys simply call it a "rope," and the use of such "roping." To most cowboys, the use of other terms — especially "lasso" — identifies the user as a layman. A lariat is made from stiff rope so that the noose stays open when the lasso is thrown. It also allows the cowboy to easily open up the noose from horseback to release the cattle because the rope is stiff enough to be pushed a little. A high quality lasso is weighted for better handling. The lariat has a small reinforced loop at one end, called a honda or hondo, through which the rope passes to form a loop. The honda can be formed by a honda knot, an eye splice, a seizing, rawhide, or a metal ring. The other end is sometimes tied simply in a small, tight, overhand knot to prevent fraying. Most modern lariats are made of stiff nylon or polyester rope, usually about 5/16 or 3/8 in diameter and in lengths of 28, 30, or 35 ft for arena-style roping and anywhere from 45 to 70 ft for Californio-style roping. The reata is made of braided rawhide and is made in lengths from 50 ft to over 100 ft. Mexican maguey and cotton ropes are also used in the longer lengths.
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a well-plaited strip of hide, with a noose, to catch wild horses or cattle with.
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