hoist

verb
\ˈhȯist, chiefly dialectal ˈhīst \
hoisted; hoisting; hoists

Definition of hoist 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : lift, raise especially : to raise into position by or as if by means of tackle hoist a flag hoist the sails Cargo was hoisted up into the ship.

2 : drink sense 1 hoist a few beers

intransitive verb

: to become hoisted : rise let it hoist to the upper deck

hoist

noun

Definition of hoist (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of raising or lifting : an act of hoisting (see hoist entry 1) gave him a hoist over the wall

2 : an apparatus (such as a tackle or a hydraulic lift) for lifting or raising : an apparatus for hoisting (see hoist entry 1)

3 : the height of a flag when viewed flying a flag with a 20-foot hoist

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Other Words from hoist

Verb

hoister noun

Synonyms for hoist

Synonyms: Verb

boost, heave, heft, jack (up), upheave

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Verb

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

Examples of hoist in a Sentence

Verb

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

An Afghan soldier hoisted a boy by his arms and carried him to a safer spot. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "‘I Think I’ve Been Shot’: Nighttime Raid in Afghanistan Reveals New U.S. Strategy," 5 Dec. 2018 Both of them love to hoist — and make — shots from absurd distances. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Trae Young loves to prove doubters wrong," 19 June 2018 The World Finals will take place June 19 in Las Vegas where one champion will hoist the esports equivalent of the Stanley Cup and take home the lion's share of the $100,000 in prize money. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "NHL gets into the esports business with global tournament this spring," 12 Mar. 2018 Some have hoisted caskets and started sleeping in their parents’ beds. Washington Post, "Back to school in Parkland, Fla.," 28 Feb. 2018 Less than a year removed from hoisting up 225 pounds 17 times and running a 4.8 40 at his NFL Pro Day, former University of Cincinnati tight end DJ Dowdy is now a co-interim athletic director at Purcell Marian. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "From end zone to an athletic office for Purcell Marian's DJ Dowdy," 14 Feb. 2018 These are the injuries of a punk rocker without a road crew, who hoisted and dragged amplifiers from gig to gig, night after night, year after year for decades. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "This is the story of The Hates. And it's a love story.," 31 Jan. 2018 When the wind blew favorably, the crew would have hoisted a square sail on the mast; the rest of the time, rowers would have lined up on the benches and propelled the ship along with large oars. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "This ancient Greek ship is the oldest intact shipwreck ever discovered," 24 Oct. 2018 At the mid-ship welcome party, Minnie invited us all to dance as chirpy tunes blared over the speakers and dads hoisted their little ones on their shoulders. Brie Schwartz, Country Living, "Here's the Truth About Going on a Disney Cruise Without Kids," 13 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Officials reattached the flags to the broken metal hoist but were unable to raise them again. John Pye, Fox News, "Sun celebrates Asian Games win, upset over flag malfunction," 19 Aug. 2018 An operator prepares to lift a coil of aluminium with a hoist at a production facility in eastern France operated by Constellium. Bob Tita, WSJ, "Foreign Aluminum Producers Shake Off U.S. Tariffs," 26 Oct. 2018 In April, Laura and Kevin Moore were disheartened to realize early on in their vacation to Disney World with son William that there were no changing hoists in any of the park’s public bathrooms, the Daily Mail reported on June 5. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Disney World slammed by parents of disabled child for ‘disgraceful’ lack of changing facilities," 5 June 2018 The hoist did the work of two men, never faltering and never once complaining. Logan Ward, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Treehouse in the Backyard," 20 Mar. 2017 The new 7 North hoist features a 40-ton capacity, and operates at a speed of 900 feet per minute through the 1,451-foot-deep shaft. William Thornton, AL.com, "Kay Ivey at opening of new $19 million Warrior Met Coal portal," 2 May 2018 Firefighters placed ladders into the recess and used a hoist to pull the man up to ground level. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Man falls in 10-foot-deep recess at White House complex," 15 June 2018 The movers zipped him up in the stretcher and hooked it to a hoist. Andy Newman, New York Times, "How Do You Move a Shark? Very Carefully," 16 May 2018 The French doors in the studio could be replaced with a garage door and steel beam ceiling construction in the studio would allow for the use of a hoist. Margaret Demarino, courant.com, "Property of the week: 95 West Road, Canton," 6 July 2017

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First Known Use of hoist

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1654, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hoist

Verb

alteration of hoise

Noun

see hoist entry 1

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The first known use of hoist was in the 15th century

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More Definitions for hoist

hoist

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hoist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

basketball : to take (a shot)

hoist

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hoist (Entry 2 of 2)

: a machine used for lifting heavy loads

hoist

verb
\ˈhȯist \
hoisted; hoisting

Kids Definition of hoist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to lift up especially with a pulley

hoist

noun

Kids Definition of hoist (Entry 2 of 2)

: a device used for lifting heavy loads

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