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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Idioms for hoist
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OTHER WORDS FROM hoisthoister, nounun·hoist·ed, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for hoist
While McCloskey was still prophesying failure, he was giving the word to Darby, the hoister engineer.The Taming of Red Butte Western|Francis Lynde
Far away in Illinois, a near relative of the painter and hoister of the "bear flag" is a struggling lawyer.The Little Lady of Lagunitas|Richard Henry Savage
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
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 order was given to the cook in an audible voice—Nice rumpsteak, hoister sauce, and tators, for one!
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