from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See lasso.
- n. A rope for picketing grazing horses or mules.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a lasso
- n. a tether
- n. An attack where the wrestler runs towards an opponent, wraps his arm around their upper chest and neck and then forces them to the ground.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A long, slender rope made of hemp or strips of hide, esp. one with a noose; -- used as a lasso for catching cattle, horses, etc., and for picketing a horse so that he can graze without wandering.
- transitive v. To secure with a lariat fastened to a stake, as a horse or mule for grazing; also, to lasso or catch with a lariat.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A rope or cord used for picketing horses while grazing.
- n. A thong or noose used for catching wild animals: called in California, Mexico, and further south a lasso. Also called reata, often spelled riata.
- To catch or fasten with a lariat; lasso.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a long noosed rope used to catch animals
Spanish la reata : la, the (from Latin illa; see al-1 in Indo-European roots) + reatar, to tie again (re-, again from Latin; see re- + atar, to tie from Latin aptāre, to join, from aptus, past participle of apere, to tie).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish la reata ‘the lasso’. (Wiktionary)