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.
- 1hoist 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.
- 2hoist the flag
- 3hoist by one's own petard
- see petard.
Words that rhyme with hoistfoist, joist, moist, unvoiced
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