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(lăs`ō, lăso͞o`), light, strong rope, usually with a smooth, hard finish, made of a fine quality of hemp or nylon. It is used primarily for catching large animals such as cattle and horses. Horsehair or rawhide lassos were formerly common in America, but they have almost completely given way to the hemp and nylon ropes, which are far more efficient roping tools. The rope varies in length from 35 to 50 ft (11–15 m). At one end of the rope is a running knot or a metal ring by means of which a loop or noose is made. The loop is thrown, from as far away as 30 ft (9 m), around the horns or the feet of an animal and drawn tight. The lasso was invented by Native Americans, who used it effectively in war against the Spanish invaders. In the W United States and in parts of Latin America the lasso is a part of the equipment of a cattle herder. To use it on horseback requires great skill of the rider and his horse—the pull of the captured animal may throw the rider's horse, or the horse or rider may become entangled in the rope. The lasso is often called a lariat; the term lariat is applied also to a rope used in picketing, or tethering, animals.
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a long rope (from 15 to 30 m) woven from thong, horse hair, or wool, with a running noose. The lasso, evidently, emerged as a hunting implement and was later widely used by stock raisers. It was known in the countries of the ancient East, especially among the Scythians. Under various names it has been used and is used to this day by many Asian peoples. After cattle and horses were brought to America, the lasso was widely used by some Indian tribes engaged in horse hunting.

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An image editing tool that enables you to select an irregular object by dragging the mouse around it (while the mouse button is held down) and letting go. You do not have to join the ends together. When the mouse button is released, the two ends are connected automatically.

The Lasso Button
The lasso tool is found in many paint and image editing programs both in the Mac and Windows.
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Jude's advisory letter to physicians in 2010 stated a 0.47 percent chance of Riata wire exposure, while other researchers independent of the company put that number closer to 30 percent.
Castle pressed to the final whistle, but they remained unable to translate their second half possession into goals and a hard-working Dal Riata ruthlessly capitalised on Doune's frailties to collect the points.
Andy Mann curled a free kick beyond the Dal Riata defensive line and Niall McClure timed his run perfectly to power a header home.
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The study, however, shows that short-circuits between high voltage components rather than externalized conductors were the typical cause of death in the 22 fatalities associated with Riata. Author of the study, Robert Hauser, M.D., told The New York Times, "When I went in, I thought I would find more deaths related to externalized cables.
In late 2010, the company shelved Riata defibrillator leads after an Irish study showed wires came through the lead's outer coating.
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On trouve neanmoins des traces de la polyphonie de l'extrait (25) dans l'utilisation du connecteur "mais" qui oppose le dire et l'etre des Riata. Une autre trace du passage de la description de l'itineraire a la monographie savante est la description des Ahel ed-Doula comme des "montagnards demeures Braber," qui signale une exception par rapport a la caracteristique generale du groupe des Riata indiquee au debut de la liste ("sont des Braber arabises"), et en meme temps synthetise la description de cette ethnie dans l'extrait precedent ("seule la fraction montagnarde d'Abel ed-Doula a conserve ses traditions; elle fait cause commune avec les Beni Ouarain et parle la langue tamazirt").
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Tonight (Wednesday) Milton are at home to Doune, kick-off 7pm and on Saturday are at home to FC Dal Riata, kick-off 2pm, both league fixtures.