- 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
Nah he'd nivver tasted a hoister i' all his life, it wor summat new, soa he went up to th' chap an axt for one.Yorkshire Tales. Third Series|John Hartley
While McCloskey was still prophesying failure, he was giving the word to Darby, the hoister engineer.The Taming of Red Butte Western|Francis Lynde
Ballard made a megaphone of his hands and bellowed an order to the unnerved hoister engineer.The King of Arcadia|Francis Lynde
Tommy Finnegan was a little Irishman, with big staring eyes and a wild aspect, a "hoister" by trade, and badly cracked.The Jungle|Upton Sinclair
The hoisting was done by a small Lidgerwood compressed-air hoister, and set up on an overhead platform across the tunnel.
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