from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To fasten or catch temporarily with or as if with a loop, hook, or noose.
- transitive v. To connect or attach, as to a vehicle: hitched the horses to the sleigh.
- transitive v. To move or raise by pulling or jerking: hitch up one's suspenders.
- transitive v. Informal To hitchhike: hitched a ride to the rally.
- transitive v. Slang To marry: They got hitched last month.
- intransitive v. To move haltingly; hobble.
- intransitive v. To become entangled, snarled, or fastened.
- intransitive v. Informal To hitchhike.
- n. Any of various knots used as a temporary fastening.
- n. A device used to connect one thing to another.
- n. A short jerking motion; a tug.
- n. A hobble or limp.
- n. An impediment or a delay: a hitch in our plans.
- n. A term of service, especially of military service.
- n. Informal A free ride obtained along a road.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sudden pull.
- n. A fastener or connection point, as for a trailer.
- n. A problem, delay or source of difficulty.
- n. A hidden or unfavorable condition or element; a catch.
- n. A period of time. Most often refers to time spent in the military.
- v. To pull with a jerk.
- v. To attach, tie or fasten.
- v. To marry, especially to get hitched.
- v. contraction of hitchhike, to thumb a ride.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To become entangled or caught; to be linked or yoked; to unite; to cling.
- transitive v. To move interruptedly or with halts, jerks, or steps; -- said of something obstructed or impeded.
- transitive v. To hit the legs together in going, as horses; to interfere.
- intransitive v. To hitchhike; -- mostly used in the phrase to hitch a ride.
- transitive v. To hook; to catch or fasten as by a hook or a knot; to make fast, unite, or yoke.
- transitive v. To move with hitches.
- n. A catch; anything that holds, as a hook; an impediment; an obstacle; an entanglement.
- n. The act of catching, as on a hook, etc.
- n. A stop or sudden halt; a stoppage; an impediment; a temporary obstruction; an obstacle
- n. A sudden movement or pull; a pull up.
- n. A knot or noose in a rope which can be readily undone; -- intended for a temporary fastening
- n. A small dislocation of a bed or vein.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To move by jerks or with pauses or rests; hop; hobble; halt; limp, literally or figuratively: as, to hitch along on the ground; verse that hitches.
- To be fastened, entangled, or snarled; catch.
- To strike the feet together in going; interfere, as a horse.
- To get on with another, as if in harness; work smoothly together.
- To pull up; raise by jerks.
- To fasten, especially in a temporary or occasional way; make fast; tether; tie up by means of a hook, a ring, a bridle, a rope, etc.
- Nautical, to cover with a network of twine or small cord, worked with one end.
- n. A pull or jerk upward: as, to give one's trousers a hitch.
- n. The act of catching or fastening, as on a hook, a post, etc.
- n. A halt; an impediment; a stoppage; an obstruction, especially of an unexpected and temporary nature: as, a hitch in the proceedings; a hitch in one's gait.
- n. In mining, a slight fault or dislocation.
- n. Temporary assistance; timely help: as, to lend one a hitch.
- n. Nautical, a knot or noose in a rope for making it fast to another rope or to a spar or other object: as, a clove hitch, a rolling hitch, etc.
- n. plural In whaling, the fastening of their on strap on the socket of a toggle-iron.
- To catch or dig into: said specifically of a tool that digs too deeply into a piece of work that is being cut.
- In mining, to dig or pick (pockets) to receive the ends of timbers.
- n. In mining:
- n. A hole or pocket made to receive the end of a timber.
- n. The sudden stoppage of a pumping-engine.
- n. In yachting, a tack.
- n. A large chub, Lavinia exilicauda, found in the waters of California. Also chi.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. travel by getting free rides from motorists
- n. the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg
- v. connect to a vehicle:
- v. walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury
- v. jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched
- n. a connection between a vehicle and the load that it pulls
- v. to hook or entangle
- n. a period of time spent in military service
- n. an unforeseen obstacle
- n. the state of inactivity following an interruption
- n. a knot that can be undone by pulling against the strain that holds it; a temporary knot
- n. any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
Probably from Middle English hytchen, icchen, to move, jerk.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)