American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To raise or haul up with or as if with the help of a mechanical apparatus. See Synonyms at lift.
- v. To raise to one's mouth in order to drink: hoist a few beers.
- v. To become raised or lifted.
- n. An apparatus for lifting heavy or cumbersome objects.
- n. The act of hoisting; a lift.
- n. Nautical The height or vertical dimension of a flag or of any square sail other than a course.
- n. Nautical A group of flags raised together as a signal.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To raise; lift; elevate; especially, to raise by means of block and tackle or other machinery.
- n. The act of hoisting; a lift.
- n. That by which something is hoisted; a machine for raising ore, merchandise, passengers, etc., in a mine, warehouse, hotel, etc.; an elevator.
- n. The perpendicular height of a flag or ensign, as opposed to the fly, or breadth from the staff to the outer edge; also, the extent to which a sail or yard may be hoisted: as, give the sail more hoist.
- n. Nautical, a number of flags fastened together for hoisting as a signal.
- n. Past participle of hoise, regularly hoised.
- v. transitive To raise; to lift; to elevate; especially, to raise or lift to a desired elevation, by means of tackle or pulley, as a sail, a flag, a heavy package or weight.
- v. transitive, historical To lift someone up to be flogged.
- v. intransitive To be lifted up.
- n. A hoisting device, such as pulley or crane.
- n. The perpendicular height of a flag, as opposed to the fly, or horizontal length, when flying from a staff.
- n. The vertical edge of a flag which is next to the staff.
- n. The height of a fore-and-aft sail, next the mast or stay.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To raise; to lift; to elevate; esp., to raise or lift to a desired elevation, by means of tackle, as a sail, a flag, a heavy package or weight.
- n. That by which anything is hoisted; the apparatus for lifting goods.
- n. colloq. The act of hoisting; a lift.
- n. The perpendicular height of a flag, as opposed to the
fly, or horizontal length when flying from a staff.
- n. The height of a fore-and-aft sail next the mast or stay.
- obsolete Hoisted.
- n. lifting device for raising heavy or cumbersome objects
- v. raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help
- v. raise.
- v. move from one place to another by lifting
- Alteration of hoise, apparently based on the past tense and participle. Confer Danish hisse, German hissen, Italian issare (loaned from a Germanic source). (Wiktionary)
- Alteration of dialectal hoise, perhaps variant of Middle English hisse, heave!, possibly from Middle Dutch hissen, to haul. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The phrase "hoist on their own petard" springs to mind.”
“On top there was the firemen, and what we called the hoist engineer (he run the bucket, the scooping bucket up and down, you know, in the mine), and a blacksmith, and a blacksmith's helper.”
“I had the chance to talk with one combat flight medic who specializes in something known as hoist maneuvers, basically being dangled from a helicopter and dropped into tough areas to rescue the injured.”
“Thus it is more profitable to dig for antiquities even in authorised excavations than to work the water-hoist, which is one of the usual occupations of the peasant.”
“At the hoist was a single stalk of wheat and in the upper fly, the provincial arms.”
“Yes I know, "hoist" like "fairy tale" is now a racial slur in Chez Obama.”
“Incidentally - did people notice that Pbama was huffing about the West not being able to "hoist" its standards on others.”
“Not just the horses, but people had cows in their attics that they would use for milk, that they would kind of hoist up there and keep them in the attic until literally their milk ran out and they died, and then they would kind of drag them off to the bone boilers down the street.”
“By their own', 'hoist' and 'petard' come to mind but not necessarily in that order.”
“The outlines of a rusty "hoist", with its cable leading down into a slanting hole in the rock, showed dimly before them, -- a massive, chunky, deserted thing in the shadows.”
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