hoist

verb
\ ˈhȯist How to pronounce hoist (audio) , chiefly dialectal ˈhīst How to pronounce hoist (audio) \
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

Madison Barger, 10, hoisted Lucky into the air victoriously to celebrate and pumped her fist. Ryan Gillespie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Morning rains can't stop the Running of the Chihuahuas," 6 May 2018 With time winding down and the game tied at 61, junior guard Isaiah Wong danced on the perimeter before hoisting a jumper at the top of the key, just above the foul line. Aaron Carter, Philly.com, "Ajiri Johnson's put-back dunk lifts Bonner-Prendie past Prep," 14 Jan. 2018 At the other end, Bledsoe kept his hot streak going, jabbing behind the three-point line before hoisting a trey that connected to coax a timeout from the Wizards bench. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks 110, Wizards 103: Giannis Antetokounmpo leads way to rare victory in nation's capital," 6 Jan. 2018 Three dancers will get the axe in the third week, and of course only one celeb can hoist the Mirrorball Trophy in the end. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Tonya Harding Got Zero Sympathy From Adam Rippon in His Latest Interview," 8 May 2018 The Rockets enter this year's playoffs tied with the defending champion Warriors for the best odds to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy at the postseason's conclusion. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "NBA Playoff Bracket: Seeding, Series Matchups, Schedule," 13 Apr. 2018 And then Colton hoists his entire body over the fence. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "'The Bachelor' Recap: The Fence, It Hath Been Jumped," 5 Mar. 2019 On Monday morning at Kennedy Space Center, technicians for SpaceX hoisted the crew-access arm to its final position and secured it near the launch tower's peak at pad 39A, just below its 80-foot-tall lightning mast. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Vega soars, Delta 2 end nears, hearing a Falcon Heavy launch," 24 Aug. 2018 At the mural's center, a man hoists his home above his shoulders. Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Better Angels: Tia Richardson's newest mural is one neighborhood's vision of better things to come," 5 July 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 and Noun

alteration of hoise

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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, informal : 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 How to pronounce hoist (audio) \
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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