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 & Antonyms for hoist

Synonyms: Verb

boost, crane, elevate, heave, heft, heighten, hike, jack (up), lift, perk (up), pick up, raise, take up, up, uphold, uplift, upraise

Antonyms: Verb

drop, lower

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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

One day before Koepka hoisted the trophy, Justin Thomas tied the U.S. Open 18-hole record with a 63. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: She wanted to do 'something incredible,' and that Sei Young Kim did at Thornberry Creek," 8 July 2018 No matter how this season finishes up, Bowyer is relieved to finally have a family photo with Cash, and his wife, Lorra, hoisting a trophy. Deaundra Allen, kansascity, "Wife and son at his side, Kansas native Clint Bowyer relishes NASCAR rejuvenation," 6 July 2018 The turtles were released one at a time, hoisted from large, plastic bins by volunteers and staffers from the New England Aquarium. Emily Williams, BostonGlobe.com, "Five loggerhead sea turtles return to ocean after 6 months at aquarium hospital," 3 July 2018 With laboratory wiring and piping hoisted into the ceiling, researchers can easily detach equipment and reconfigure space for new research. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Lilly opens new building; officials thank Trump tax cuts," 29 June 2018 When flying at half-staff, hoist the flag to the peak for an instant then lower it to a position halfway between the top and bottom. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "American Flag Etiquette: Here's How to Properly Display the American Flag," 25 May 2018 Steins will be hoisted on Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22, 17-7 p.m. at 2468 Washington St. The event is free. BostonGlobe.com, "Should Massachusetts allow cities and towns to create Community Benefit Districts?," 13 July 2018 Before long, severe thunderstorm warnings were hoisted as the city was plunged into a menacing mass of rain, lightning and burnt-red soil. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "‘One of the most incredible sights’: Monster dust storm sweeps across Southern Arizona," 10 July 2018 Firefighters hiked down to treat the trucker, who was hoisted out and taken to a hospital. Teri Figueroa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Trucker found at bottom of ravine, stuck for more than a day and unable to call for help," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Cranes, windlasses and capstans (ancient water-raising devices based on a kind of swinging, see-saw design) may well have inspired the use of counterweights in early elevators and hoists. Adrienne Bernhard, Smithsonian, "Elevators Are Going Green," 27 Apr. 2018 Imagine a world where Simmons, Embiid and coach Brett Brown hoist aloft the NBA championship trophy on the hardwood at the Officer Robert Wilson III Center. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "Wells Fargo has been ripping off customers. Why do 76ers, Flyers play in a shrine named for the banking company? | Will Bunch," 22 Apr. 2018

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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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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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