Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To seize control of (a vehicle such as an airplane or bus) by use of force, especially as a way of reaching an alternate destination or as an act of terrorism.
  • transitive verb To kidnap (a person in a vehicle).
  • transitive verb To stop and rob (a vehicle in transit).
  • transitive verb To steal (goods) from a vehicle in transit.
  • transitive verb To take control of (something) without permission or authorization and use it for one's own purposes.
  • transitive verb To steal or appropriate for oneself.
  • noun The act or an instance of hijacking.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To forcibly stop and seize control of some vehicle in order to rob it or to reach a destination (especially an airplane, truck or a boat).
  • verb To seize control of some process or resource to achieve a purpose other than its originally intended one.
  • verb computing To seize control of a networked computer by means of infecting it with a worm or other malware, thereby turning it into a zombie.
  • verb computing To change software settings without a user's knowledge so as to force that user to visit a certain web site (to hijack a browser).
  • verb politics To introduce an amendment deleting the contents of a bill and inserting entirely new provisions.
  • noun An instance of hijacking; the illegal seizure of a vehicle.
  • noun An instance of a seizure and redirection of a process.
  • noun politics An amendment which deletes the contents of a bill and inserts entirely new provisions.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb seize control of
  • verb take arbitrarily or by force
  • noun seizure of a vehicle in transit either to rob it or divert it to an alternate destination

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Probably back-formation from highjacker, perhaps from jacker, holdup man, from jack, to jacklight.]

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Blend of highway and jacker ("one who holds up")

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