Definition of hoist in English:

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hoist

Pronunciation: /hɔɪst/

verb

[with object]
1Raise (something) by means of ropes and pulleys: a white flag was hoisted
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.
Synonyms
raise, raise up, lift, lift up, haul up, heave up, jack up, hike up, winch up, pull up, upraise, uplift, elevate, erect
rare upheave
1.1 [with object and adverbial] Raise or haul up: she hoisted her backpack on to 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.

noun

1An act of raising or lifting something.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1An apparatus for lifting or raising something: mechanical lifts or hoists for firefighting purposes
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
lifting gear, crane, winch, tackle, block and tackle, pulley, windlass, davit, derrick
1.2An act of increasing something: an interest rate hoist
More example sentences
  • The biggest hoist of all, though, was the one his own career enjoyed.
  • But the reason I endured my spell in that job was in order to get my first hoist up the career ladder.
2The part of a flag nearest the staff.
Example sentences
  • 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.
3A group of flags raised as a signal.
Example sentences
  • In addition, flag hoists and flashing light signals were sent to try and get the ship to halt.
  • On Stuart's flag deck a member of the ship's company prepares a hoist.

Phrases

1

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.
2

hoist the flag

Stake one’s claim to discovered territory by displaying a flag.
Example sentences
  • Iwo gave us the uplifting vision of the Marines hoisting the flag on enemy soil.
3

hoist with one's own petard

see petard.

Derivatives

hoister

noun
Example sentences
  • Although many other materials and designs have been used to make these hoisters, nothing beats the elegance of the original.
  • Aside from the superb quality of the hoister itself, the heart of the rig beats in the uniquely designed paddle.

Origin

Late 15th century: alteration of dialect hoise, probably from Dutch hijsen or Low German hiesen, but recorded earlier.

Words that rhyme with hoist

foist, joist, moist, unvoiced

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