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

That team hoisted the Cup in four of the previous five instances . . . Scott Thurston, BostonGlobe.com, "Stanley Cup Today: Back to Boston for Game 7," 10 June 2019 Gasol hoisted 11 shot attempts for the sixth double-digit effort in his 21 postseason games. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Kyle Lowry and the Factors That Allowed His Return to Form," 7 June 2019 Always hoist the American flag first and lower it last. Rebecca Deczynski, Good Housekeeping, "The Proper Etiquette for Flying the American Flag, Including on Memorial Day," 10 May 2019 Planning to spend several days behind rebel lines, the newsmen hoisted rucksacks onto their backs and, carrying their recording gear, walked single-file down a narrow dirt trail. Andrew Selsky, The Seattle Times, "New push for justice after 4 Dutch journalists slain in 1982," 25 Mar. 2019 The company bends, shapes and welds steel rod into chains used for hoisting, tie-downs and tire traction. Ruth Simon, WSJ, "A Tale of Two Steel Firms and Their Diverging Paths Under Trump’s Tariffs," 10 Feb. 2019 The routine: To simplify, Curry hoists up 100 shots from behind the three-point arc, with Fraser feeding and U’Ren rebounding and keeping a running tally. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Scott Ostler: For sharpshooter Curry, practice makes almost perfect," 2 June 2018 Unlike Stephen Curry, who seemingly uses his entire body to hoist three-pointers, Thompson is a jump-shooting metronome: plant, catch, release. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Klay Thompson: How Warriors guard made a case for team MVP," 2 July 2018 She and her newborn were hoisted to safety, followed by the rest of the family. Bloomberg.com, "URGENT: 17 Dead in California Mudslides, More Than a Dozen Missing," 10 Jan. 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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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, 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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