- to raise or lift, especially by some mechanical appliance: to hoist a flag; to hoist the mainsail.
- to raise to one's lips and drink; drink (especially beer or whiskey) with gusto: Let's go hoist a few beers.
- Archaic. a simple past tense and past participle of hoise.
- an apparatus for hoisting, as a block and tackle, a derrick, or a crane.
- act of hoisting; a lift: Give that sofa a hoist at your end.
- the vertical dimension amidships of any square sail that is hoisted with a yard.Compare drop(def 28).
- the distance between the hoisted and the lowered position of such a yard.
- the dimension of a fore-and-aft sail along the luff.
- a number of flags raised together as a signal.
- (on a flag)
- the vertical dimension as flown from a vertical staff.
- the edge running next to the staff.Compare fly1(def 30b).
- hoist by/with one's own petard. petard(def 4).
Origin of hoist
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Examples from the Web for hoisted
She testified that she and her fellow officers had then hoisted Davis to his feet.From Ferguson Cop Embroiled in a Brutality Suit to City Councilwoman
August 20, 2014
On the contrary, it should be hoisted on our collective shoulders and cheered Rudy-style.Guardians of the Galaxy’s Chris Pratt Is the Everydude Superhero
August 1, 2014
As the Cuban flag was hoisted in recognition of his arrival, something quite unexpected happened—it fell off the pole.Castro Visit Causes Catastrophic Muttering in Caracas
March 6, 2014
They not only hoisted Russian flags, but reportedly beat Ukrainians who expressed indignation at Russian aggression in Crimea.
Kharkiv administration was set free and the Russian flag was hoisted.
We have just hoisted the nun-lady on board an English packet.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
Then he hoisted the tree on to the wain, roped it into place, and told the cartman to drive on.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
Yorke would get hoisted over me, and I should be laughed at for a duffer.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
The English flag was lowered, and that of the French hoisted.The History of the First West India Regiment
A. B. Ellis
They presently captured the fort and hoisted the German flag.
- (tr) to raise or lift up, esp by mechanical means
- hoist with one's own petard See petard (def. 2)
- any apparatus or device for hoisting
- the act of hoisting
- See rotary clothesline
- the amidships height of a sail bent to the yard with which it is hoistedCompare drop (def. 15)
- the difference between the set and lowered positions of this yard
- nautical the length of the luff of a fore-and-aft sail
- nautical a group of signal flags
- the inner edge of a flag next to the staffCompare fly 1 (def. 25)
Word Origin and History for hoisted
1540s, "to raise," earlier hoise (c.1500), probably originally past tense of Middle English hysse (late 15c.), which is probably from Middle Dutch hyssen (Dutch hijsen) "to hoist," related to Low German hissen and Old Norse hissa upp "raise." A nautical word found in most European languages (e.g. French hisser, Italian issare, Spanish izar), but it is uncertain which had it first. Related: Hoisted; hoisting. In phrase hoist with one's own petard, it is the past participle.
For 'tis the sport, to have the engineer
Hoist with his own petar: and it shall go hard
But I will delve one yard below their mines,
And blow them at the moon: O 'tis most sweet,
When in one line two crafts directly meet.
["Hamlet," Act III, Scene iv]
Meaning "to lift and remove" was prevalent c.1550-1750. As a noun, 1650s, from the verb.