verb (used with object)
- 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.
- the vertical dimension as flown from a vertical staff.
- the edge running next to the staff.Compare fly1(def 30b).
- hoisin sauce,
- hoist by one's own petard,
Origin of hoist
verb (used with object), hoised or hoist, hois·ing. Archaic.
Origin of hoise
Examples from the Web for hoist
Hoist that big historical asterisk skyward and place it next to his name.
Carter scurried back to Mace and reached down to hoist him up.
But a significant number of your fellow citizens have a very different vision as they hoist the flag.
But the regime's canons push them back before they can hoist their flag over the liberated barracks.Syria: Would a No-Fly Zone Help the Rebels Oust Assad?|Barak Barfi|September 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Republicans beyond Romney were also quick to hoist the “repeal” banner—calling a vote in the House on July 9.
The boats were cast adrift, as the crews were too exhausted to hoist them in, and the Flamingo's nose was turned toward Liverpool.A Master of Fortune|Cutcliffe Hyne
There he would ride out the storm and hoist sail when the weather moderated.The Old Merchant Marine|Ralph D. Paine
Heave again, and, when you are a-weigh, put the helm to port and hoist the jib.The Seaman's Friend|Richard Henry Dana
Helm a-lee; bring the main-tack aboard, haul the bowlines, hoist the top-gallants.Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete.|Francois Rabelais
The kettle to the top was hoist, And there stood fastened to a joist; But with the upside down, to show Its inclination for below.The Battle of the Books|Jonathan Swift
- 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
Word Origin for hoist
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.