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).
- hoisin sauce,
- hoist by one's own petard,
Origin of hoist
Examples from the Web for hoisting
They filed past hoisting homemade flags, university flags, Mexican flags, flags that said “Ayotzi Vive.”
History has no shortage of rogue explorers seizing land, hoisting their flags, and building new societies.So You Want to Rule a Kingdom? A Wacky History of One-Man Nations|Nina Strochlic|July 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Meanwhile on the streets, dissatisfied Nigerians are hoisting signs reading, “Please Find Our Daughters” and “Can Anyone Hear Me?”A Hashtag May Help Rescue Jihadi-Enslaved Nigerian Schoolgirls|Nina Strochlic|May 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But it also could create a problem for Chávez, hoisting Jaua into the national spotlight.Hugo Chávez Wins Reelection and Looks to the Future|Mac Margolis|October 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
People rush in, grabbing one boombox and then another, hoisting them up on their shoulders or in the air.
The cage containing the odalisk is raised on a hoisting rope so that it hangs in midair with the doors open.
Peter Walsh was hoisting a sail, a gunter lug, on the Tortoise.Priscilla's Spies|George A. Birmingham
The hoisting was done by a small Lidgerwood compressed-air hoister, and set up on an overhead platform across the tunnel.
Rejoicing at my fortunate escape, I gave the valiant Semmes a parting shot by hoisting the signal 'Good-by.'The Naval History of the United States|Willis J. Abbot.
The two vessels were then towed out of the harbor, and hoisting sail made for Port Royal.One of the 28th|G. A. Henty
- 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
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.