Definition of Lasso

1. Noun. Belgian composer (1532-1594).

Exact synonyms: Orlando Di Lasso, Roland De Lassus
Generic synonyms: Composer

2. Verb. Catch with a lasso. "Rope cows"
Exact synonyms: Rope
Generic synonyms: Capture, Catch, Get
Derivative terms: Rope, Roper, Roper, Roping

3. Noun. A long noosed rope used to catch animals.
Exact synonyms: Lariat, Reata, Riata
Terms within: Noose, Running Noose, Slip Noose
Generic synonyms: Rope

Definition of Lasso

1. n. A rope or long thong of leather with a running noose, used for catching horses, cattle, etc.

2. v. t. To catch with a lasso.

Definition of Lasso

1. Noun. A long rope with a sliding loop on one end, generally used in ranching to catch cattle and horses. ¹

2. Noun. (computing) An image-editing function allowing the user to capture an irregularly-shaped object by drawing an approximate outline. ¹

3. Verb. To catch with a lasso. ¹

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Definition of Lasso

1. to catch with a lasso (a long rope with a running noose) [v -ED, -ING, -S or -ES]

Medical Definition of Lasso

1. Origin: Sp. Lazo, L. Laqueus. See Lace. A rope or long thong of leather with, a running noose, used for catching horses, cattle, etc. Lasso cell, one of a peculiar kind of defensive and offensive stinging cells, found in great numbers in all coelenterates, and in a few animals of other groups. They are most highly developed in the tentacles of jellyfishes, hydroids, and Actiniae. Each of these cells is filled with, fluid, and contains a long, slender, often barbed, hollow thread coiled up within it. When the cell contracts the thread is quickly ejected, being at the same time turned inside out. The thread is able to penetrate the flesh of various small, soft-bodied animals, and carries a subtle poison by which they are speedily paralysed and killed. The threads, at the same time, hold the prey in position, attached to the tentacles. Some of the jellyfishes, as the Portuguese man-of-war, and Cyanea, are able to penetrate the human skin, and inflict painful stings in the same way. Synonym: nettling cell, cnida, cnidocell. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Lasso


Literary usage of Lasso

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Famous Composers and Their Works by John Knowles Paine, Theodore Thomas, Karl Klauser (1891)
"ORLANDO DI lasso OLAND DELATTRE is generally known by the Italian form of ... Although the former author was born in 1580, and lasso died in 1594 or 1595, ..."

2. The New American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1861)
"As soon as the lasso slackens alter the first struggle, the rider spurs his horse, which, ... In catching horned cattle two vaqueros employ each a lasso. ..."

3. Chambers's Encyclopaedia: A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge (1901)
"... thence the term lariat for a kind of lasso in the United States. The lasso has been used in warfare with deadly effect. See BOLAS. ..."

4. History of Spanish Literature by George Ticknor (1863)
"In fact, as early as 1588, Gabriel lasso de la Vega, a young cavalier of Madrid, ... More was known to exist; w "Cortes Valeroso, por Gabriel lasso Mexico," ..."

5. The Library of Wit and Humor, Prose and Poetry: Selected from the Literature by Ainsworth Rand Spofford, Rufus Edmonds Shapley (1884)
"»ith a lasso, around Monterey and his neck, and dragged to death. Every Mexican is dangerous when he has got a lasso in his hands. ..."

6. Essentials in Music History by Thomas Tapper, Percy Goetschius (1914)
"CHAPTER XIV ORLANDO DI lasso THE student now arrives at the consideration of the life and works of a Belgian master who ranks with the greatest musical ..."

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