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.
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. 31).
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 fly2 (def. 30b).
Idioms about hoist
- hoister, noun
- un·hoist·ed, adjective
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How to use hoist in a sentence
We lowered the hoist, Moore attached it to both him and the swimmer, and we pulled them back up and out of the water.
Rescuing someone via a helicopter and its hoist is an especially dramatic and effective way for the Coast Guard to grab someone in distress at sea.
Commander David McCown, the air station’s executive officer, estimates hoist rescues happen roughly once a month.
Once Judin was attached, the hoist brought them both back up.
Then the hoist pulled him up and out, and—after a thumbs-up from the duck—lowered him out of sight and into the sea.
We happily hoist our egg nog in the air, embrace each other, and raise our out-of-tune voices in song.The Most Confusing Christmas Music Lyrics Explained (VIDEO) | Kevin Fallon | December 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
The slings were affixed, the order to hoist was given by the mate, who had descended from the poop, and stood near the gangway.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands | R.M. Ballantyne
If with the Vice-Admiral he will hoist a white flag at the end of the gaff or derrick, and fire two guns.Yachting Vol. 2 | Various.
Harvey, without further notice of his companion, proceeded to hoist the sail a little so that he could take two reefs in it.The Rival Campers Afloat | Ruel Perley Smith
I will make a windlass as soon as I can, and we will soon hoist out another, like they turn a bucket of water up from a well.The Children of the New Forest | Captain Marryat
I know 'em all, for I took care of their hall,—their armory,—and they made me hoist the flag one day union down.The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
British Dictionary definitions for hoist
(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
the amidships height of a sail bent to the yard with which it is hoisted: Compare 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 staff: Compare fly 1 (def. 25)
- hoister, noun
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