Definition of hoist in English:
1Raise (something) by means of ropes and pulleys: high overhead great cranes hoisted girders
More example sentences
- When conditions finally permitted, it was all hands on deck as we formed teams heaving on a forest of ropes to hoist the huge sails.
- Jeffers apprenticed himself to the home's contractors, then built Hawk Tower by hand, using ropes to hoist boulders from the cove below.
- The disused temporary school building has already been brought from Bridlington to York, and leaders are preparing to bring in engineers and a crane to hoist the four-part structure into place.
1.1Raise or haul up: she hoisted her backpack onto her shoulder
More example sentences
- At the shrine he was hoisted onto a kneeler, where he prayed before the ivy-covered grotto.
- It was about four feet high, the perfect height for small people to hoist themselves onto.
- He pulled himself up next to her, hoisting her onto his lap.
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1An act of raising or lifting something.
- Instead, Dick persuaded Fritz to sail to the next platform and ask the crane driver to give them a hoist into the water.
- Just as you get your side beautifully fixed, he gives it a hoist from his end, and spoils it all.
1.2An apparatus for lifting or raising something.
- There was one woman, also in a wheelchair, who instead of getting out at the bottom of the stairs and walking up, insisted on a mechanical hoist to lift her, chair and all, up to the plane's door.
- Now the council has stepped in to try and make some of them safe by using a hoist to lift the stones and bedding them in concrete two feet deep.
- I then felt a series of bumps, which I later learned was just the rescue hoist jerking.
2The part of a flag nearest the staff; the vertical dimension of a flag.
- Visibility was always the main drawback to this medium, accentuated when steam propulsion permitted ships to ignore wind direction so that flag hoists might be end-on to those supposed to read them.
- As though to help answer his query a breeze took the flag and Armand was surprised to see it was the Canadian coat-of-arms with union jack at the hoist, the flag of that country at the time.
- The Union Flag occupies the upper, hoist quarter of an otherwise red flag and the Arms are within the red field.
hoist one's flag
- (Of an admiral) take up command.Example sentences
- In 1814 he briefly hoisted his flag at sea, commanding the naval escort for Louis XVIII's return to France from his English exile.
- Before their plans could come to fruition, though, they had a serious falling out, and on 2nd September 1966 he and his family took control of the tower on their own and hoisted their flag.
hoist the flag
hoist by one's own petard
- see petard.
Words that rhyme with hoistfoist, joist, moist, unvoiced
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