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).
Examples from the Web for hoisted
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
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.
Kharkiv administration was set free and the Russian flag was hoisted.
Then, it is likely they hoisted it, as usual, at the end of the jib-boom?The Red Rover|James Fenimore Cooper
This was hoisted up bodily and placed on an auctioneer's platform which Mike had found tilted back against the wall in the cellar.Felix O'Day|F. Hopkinson Smith
A quartermaster, summoned from the forecastle, hoisted a block and tackle to a derrick.His Unknown Wife|Louis Tracy
For the first time I dared to cease rowing, and stepping the mast, hoisted my sail.In the Eastern Seas|W.H.G. Kingston
We crept across the paddock to the wall, I gave Francis a back and he hoisted himself to the top and looked over.The Man with the Clubfoot|Valentine Williams
British Dictionary definitions for hoisted
- 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
Word Origin and History for hoisted
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.