1

hoist

play
verb \ˈhȯist, chiefly dialect ˈhīst\

Definition of hoist

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  lift, raise; especially :  to raise into position by or as if by means of tackle

  3. 2 :  drink 1 <hoist a few beers>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become hoisted :  rise

hoister

noun

Examples of hoist in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of hoist

alteration of hoise


First Known Use: 15th century

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>.

2

hoist

noun

Definition of hoist

  1. 1 :  an act of hoisting :  lift

  2. 2 :  an apparatus for hoisting

  3. 3 :  the height of a flag when viewed flying

1654

First Known Use of hoist

1654

Other Building Terms



HOIST Defined for English Language Learners

1

hoist

play
verb \ˈhȯist, chiefly dialect ˈhīst\

Definition of hoist for English Language Learners

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

  • basketball : to take (a shot)


2

hoist

noun

Definition of hoist for English Language Learners

  • : a machine used for lifting heavy loads


HOIST Defined for Kids

1

hoist

play
verb \ˈhȯist\

Definition of hoist for Students

hoisted

hoisting

  1. :  to lift up especially with a pulley


2

hoist

play
noun

Definition of hoist for Students

  1. :  a device used for lifting heavy loads



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up hoist? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a Mesopotamian temple tower

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • alphabet-magnets
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ