verb (used with object)
- 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).
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OTHER WORDS FROM hoisthoister, nounun·hoist·ed, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for hoist
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