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Meaning of HOIST

Pronunciation:  hoyst

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  lifting device for raising heavy or cumbersome objects
  2. [v]  raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help; "hoist the bicycle onto the roof of the car"
  3. [v]  raise, as of flags or sails
  4. [v]  move from one place to another by lifting; "They hoisted the patient onto the operating table"

HOIST is a 5 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: lift, run up, wind
 See Also: block and tackle, bring up, elevate, get up, headgear, lifting device, raise, trice, trice up, wheel and axle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Hoist\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hoisted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Hoisting}.] [OE. hoise, hyse, OD. hyssen, D. hijshen; akin
    to LG. hissen, Dan. hisse, Sw. hissa.]
    To raise; to lift; to elevate; esp., to raise or lift to a
    desired elevation, by means of tackle, as a sail, a flag, a
    heavy package or weight.
          They land my goods, and hoist my flying sails. --Pope.
          Hoisting him into his father's throne.   --South.
    {Hoisting engine}, a steam engine for operating a hoist.
  2. \Hoist\, n.
    1. That by which anything is hoisted; the apparatus for
       lifting goods.
    2. The act of hoisting; a lift. [Collog.]
    3. (Naut.)
       (a) The perpendicular height of a flag, as opposed to the
           fly, or horizontal length when flying from a staff.
       (b) The height of a fore-and-aft sail next the mast or
           stay. --Totten.
    {Hoist bridge}, a drawbridge that is lifted instead of being
       swung or drawn aside.
  3. \Hoist\, p. p.
    Hoisted. [Obs.]
          'T is the sport to have the enginer Hoist with his own
          petar.                                   --Shak.
Thesaurus Terms
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