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  • v. to hoist
  • v. (obsolete): to hoist, be raised

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To hoist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To raise; lift; elevate; hoist.


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Probably from Middle Dutch hisen (modern hijsen) or Middle Low German hissen.



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  • Online Etymology Dictionary entry for hoist:


    1548, probably originally past tense of M.E. hysse (1490), which is probably from M.Du. hyssen "to hoist," related to Low Ger. hissen and O.N. hissa upp "raise." A nautical word found in most European languages, but it is uncertain which had it first. In phrase hoist with one's own petard (see petard) it is originally the past tense."

    Cambridge International dictionaries entry (for hoist):

    "hoist was found in the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary at the entries listed below.

    * hoist

    * be hoist(ed) with/by your own petard"

    More conversation, for those interested, is on the page for petard. :)

    September 7, 2008

  • to hoise (third-person singular simple present hoises, present participle hoising, simple past and past participle hoised or hoist)

    September 7, 2008