- to raise or lift, especially by some mechanical appliance: to hoist a flag; to hoist the mainsail.
- to raise to one's lips and drink; drink (especially beer or whiskey) with gusto: Let's go hoist a few beers.
- Archaic. a simple past tense and past participle of hoise.
- an apparatus for hoisting, as a block and tackle, a derrick, or a crane.
- act of hoisting; a lift: Give that sofa a hoist at your end.
- 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.
- (on a flag)
- the vertical dimension as flown from a vertical staff.
- the edge running next to the staff.Compare fly1(def 30b).
- hoist by/with one's own petard. petard(def 4).
Origin of hoist
SynonymsSee more synonyms for hoist on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for hoisting
They filed past hoisting homemade flags, university flags, Mexican flags, flags that said “Ayotzi Vive.”Mexican Protesters Look to Start a New Revolution
November 21, 2014
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
July 17, 2014
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
May 6, 2014
But it also could create a problem for Chávez, hoisting Jaua into the national spotlight.Hugo Chávez Wins Reelection and Looks to the Future
October 14, 2012
People rush in, grabbing one boombox and then another, hoisting them up on their shoulders or in the air.Decentralized Dance Parties: Raves’ Next Wave
February 3, 2012
Some other men and a woman were scanning the hoisting machinery with superior looks.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Evidently the work of hoisting anchors and canvas was done by steam.Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
They followed her to the cage, and the big 293 miner gave the hoisting bell.The Plunderer
As a matter of fact I do not approve of the hoisting of flags on the church tower.The Red Hand of Ulster
George A. Birmingham
Frantically, the crew backed the sails, hoisting them to take all the wind possible.The Players
Everett B. Cole
- (tr) to raise or lift up, esp by mechanical means
- hoist with one's own petard See petard (def. 2)
- any apparatus or device for hoisting
- the act of hoisting
- See rotary clothesline
- 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
- nautical the length of the luff of a fore-and-aft sail
- nautical a group of signal flags
- the inner edge of a flag next to the staffCompare fly 1 (def. 25)
Word Origin and History for hoisting
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.