verb \ˈhist, chiefly dialect ˈhīst\

: to raise (something) especially by using ropes or machinery

basketball : to take (a shot)

Full Definition of HOIST

transitive verb
:  lift, raise; especially :  to raise into position by or as if by means of tackle
:  drink 1 <hoist a few beers>
intransitive verb
:  to become hoisted :  rise
hoist·er noun

Examples of HOIST

  1. The steel girders were hoisted into place and securely welded.
  2. The engine was hoisted out with a winch.
  3. The cargo was hoisted up onto the ship.
  4. He stopped at a bar after work to hoist a few beers with his friends.
  5. She hoisted a last-second shot that would have won the game if it had gone in.

Origin of HOIST

alteration of hoise
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to HOIST

Synonym Discussion of HOIST

lift, raise, rear, elevate, hoist, heave, boost mean to move from a lower to a higher place or position. lift usually implies exerting effort to overcome resistance of weight <lift the chair while I vacuum>. raise carries a stronger implication of bringing up to the vertical or to a high position <scouts raising a flagpole>. rear may add an element of suddenness to raise <suddenly reared itself up on its hind legs>. elevate may replace lift or raise especially when exalting or enhancing is implied <elevated the taste of the public>. hoist implies lifting something heavy especially by mechanical means <hoisted the cargo on board>. heave implies lifting and throwing with great effort or strain <heaved the heavy crate inside>. boost suggests assisting to climb or advance by a push <boosted his brother over the fence>.

Rhymes with HOIST



: a machine used for lifting heavy loads

Full Definition of HOIST

:  an act of hoisting :  lift
:  an apparatus for hoisting
:  the height of a flag when viewed flying

First Known Use of HOIST


Other Building Terms

batten, cistern, hearth, lath, transom, wainscot
HOISTER Defined for Kids


verb \ˈhist\

Definition of HOIST for Kids

:  to lift up especially with a pulley



Definition of HOIST for Kids

:  a device used for lifting heavy loads


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