- the vertical dimension amidships of any square sail that is hoisted with a yard.Compare drop (def. 30).
- 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 fly2 (def. 30b).
Idioms about hoist
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OTHER WORDS FROM hoisthoister, nounun·hoist·ed, adjective
How to use hoist in a sentence
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|Michael Daly|August 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin Fallon|August 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Pictures showed Lee being hoisted off the ship on a rope, aided by other crew members, well before the ship sank completely.South Korea’s Ferry Disaster Gives Us a New Cowardly Captain to Hate|Barbie Latza Nadeau|April 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez|March 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They not only hoisted Russian flags, but reportedly beat Ukrainians who expressed indignation at Russian aggression in Crimea.
I then found myself hoisted up by degrees, at least three feet higher than I was before.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
As it came near, it proved to be the clock, with a sail hoisted, and the Goblin sitting complacently in the stern.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
He drew up the rocker, hoisted his slippered feet on the rail, and proceeded to smoke a cigar.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
Before the breath could have been well out of his body, they hoisted him up and carried him away to burial.Hunting the Lions|R.M. Ballantyne
For some time after the white flag was hoisted there was street-fighting between the rebels and the loyals.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
British Dictionary definitions for hoist
- 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