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
It was only a year ago that the Washington Nationals re-hitched a bulk of their identity — and a good bit of their payroll — to Stephen Strasburg.Stephen Strasburg should be ‘full-go’ for spring training. The Nats will need him. | Jesse Dougherty | December 17, 2020 | Washington Post
They’re those annoying digital pop-ups that ask visitors to accept the use of “cookies,” a pervasive tracking technology that hitches a ride on Internet browsers to track people’s web-surfing activity.GitHub CEO: We’re nuking all tracking ‘cookies’ and you should too | rhhackettfortune | December 17, 2020 | Fortune
That doesn’t mean brands can rest easy and expect Amazon to just take care of everything without a hitch.Deep Dive: How to grow e-commerce capabilities on Amazon | Pierre Bienaimé | December 15, 2020 | Digiday
Adapted and directed by Michael Wilson with sound design and original music from John Gromada along with expert help from Ford’s stage management team, the project has come together with few hitches and many unforeseen delights, says Tetreault.
The theory that microbes can travel from planet to planet, either by hitching a ride on spacecraft or by some other means, is gaining traction among some scientists.Readers ask about life on Venus and high-energy cosmic rays | Science News Staff | November 29, 2020 | Science News
I just had time to give the boat a shove with the hitcher when down it come.Blue Jackets | George Manville Fenn
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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