to fasten or tie, especially temporarily, by means of a hook, rope, strap, etc.; tether: Steve hitched the horse to one of the posts.
to harness (an animal) to a vehicle (often followed by up).
to stick, as when caught.
to fasten oneself or itself to something (often followed by on).
to move roughly or jerkily: The old buggy hitched along.
to hobble or limp.
the act or fact of fastening, as to something, especially temporarily.
any of various knots or loops made to attach a rope to something in such a way as to be readily loosened.: Compare bend1 (def. 17).
Military Slang. a period of military service: a three-year hitch in the Navy.
an unexpected difficulty, obstacle, delay, etc.: a hitch in our plans for the picnic.
a hitching movement; jerk or pull.
a hitching gait; a hobble or limp.
a fastening that joins a movable tool to the mechanism that pulls it.
a fault having a throw less than the thickness of a coal seam being mined.
a notch cut in a wall or the like to hold the end of a stull or other timber.
hitch up, to harness an animal to a wagon, carriage, or the like.
- hitcher, noun
Other definitions for hitch (2 of 3)
a minnow,Lavinia exilicauda, inhabiting streams in the area of San Francisco and the Sacramento River basin.
Other definitions for hitch (3 of 3)
- hitcher, noun
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How to use hitch in a sentence
The countdown went off without a hitch, the second stage took the payloads to orbit, and the kicker vehicle distributed the satellites to individual orbits.RocketLab’s “Return to Sender” launch does exactly what was promised | John Timmer | November 20, 2020 | Ars Technica
A leveling air suspension system helps with that too, automatically keeping the Navigator on an even keel when the Fleetwood camper is hitched up.Backing up a trailer is really hard, but this $100,000 SUV offers a new solution | Dan Carney | November 19, 2020 | Popular-Science
In our case, the weight-distributing hitch we got from the trailer’s owner was set up with the ball a little too high on our high-riding Navigator, so the trailer was borderline too high in the front, which also can instigate sway.Backing up a trailer is really hard, but this $100,000 SUV offers a new solution | Dan Carney | November 19, 2020 | Popular-Science
Hundreds of millions of years of evolution separate insects and mammals, but experiments show that the Hox genes guiding the development of the body plans in Drosophila fruit flies and mice can be swapped without a hitch because they are so similar.Scientists Find Vital Genes Evolving in Genome’s Junkyard | Viviane Callier | November 16, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
After all, entire companies have successfully rebranded without a hitch.Does changing your business phone number affect SEO? | Emma Worden | November 3, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
But both have been married while serving out life sentences in separate California prisons—and one of them got hitched twice.Charles Manson, Ted Bundy & Other Notorious Jailhouse Weddings | Caitlin Dickson | November 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
So will letting Rebecca and Rhonda get hitched paralyze republican governance in the United States in some similar way?The Right Wing Screams for the Wambulance Over Gay Marriage Ruling | Walter Olson | October 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
So, just to be safe, Kawalek drove his boyfriend to City Hall and got hitched.A Gay Jewish Zionist American Doctor in Gaza and What He Saw | Itay Hod | September 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A runaway teen hitched a ride in the wheel well of a plane that reached 38,000 feet and subzero temperatures.
But they also hitched onto even more potent causes: especially perceptions that Quinn saddled up to Bloomberg and never let go.
For instance, Lem Jones stopped and hitched his team before the store, one chilly day.Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
So I washed up the buggy and hitched up the horse and come right out.Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
They even called on Jess Morse by name, and hitched that name to the battle cry of their athletic field.The Girls of Central High on the Stage | Gertrude W. Morrison
The latter he instantly hitched up to a hook driven in the wall of the hut.Young Glory and the Spanish Cruiser | Walter Fenton Mott
Riley hitched his chair closer, and his face wrinkled up a bit in a smile.
British Dictionary definitions for hitch
to fasten or become fastened with a knot or tie, esp temporarily
(often foll by up) to connect (a horse, team, etc); harness
(tr often foll by up) to pull up (the trousers, a skirt, etc) with a quick jerk
(intr) mainly US to move in a halting manner: to hitch along
to entangle or become entangled: the thread was hitched on the reel
(tr; passive) slang to marry (esp in the phrase get hitched)
informal to obtain (a ride or rides) by hitchhiking
an impediment or obstacle, esp one that is temporary or minor: a hitch in the proceedings
a knot for fastening a rope to posts, other ropes, etc, that can be undone by pulling against the direction of the strain that holds it
a sudden jerk; tug; pull: he gave it a hitch and it came loose
mainly US a hobbling gait: to walk with a hitch
a device used for fastening
informal a ride obtained by hitchhiking
US and Canadian slang a period of time spent in prison, in the army, etc
- hitcher, noun
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