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

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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 For this test, the rocket blasted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Sunday morning, hoisting the Crew Dragon spacecraft aloft with two mannequins inside. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "SpaceX saves mannequins from fireball. Next up, astronauts.," 22 Jan. 2020 Pritchard went to his right, nearly lost his dribble, then took two dribbles back from Washington’s Jamal Bey before hoisting a ridiculously long and high-arcing three from well beyond the arc. oregonlive, "Payton Pritchard’s late-game heroics once again lead No. 8 Oregon Ducks to stunning overtime comeback at Washington," 19 Jan. 2020 In reality, Tesla's market cap is $89 billion—by the way, closing in Volkswagen's valuation—so that delivering 10% returns would hoist its value to $180 billion by the end of 2016. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "In a blindfold test, what would investors think of Tesla?," 14 Jan. 2020 One of Lizzo's SNL portraits features her wearing a black crown and hoisting a torch for a twist on the Statue of Liberty's accessories and pose. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Lizzo Shares Inspirational Message and Throwback Pic Following 'SNL' Debut," 22 Dec. 2019 Visitors can actually descend four trails, a slalom course and a freestyle park before hoisting a pilsner at the après-ski bar. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "You Can Hike, Fish and Even Ski at These Visitor-Friendly Power Plants," 16 Oct. 2019 The games were initially scheduled as home and away, but North Korea rejected the idea of hoisting the South Korean flag and playing the South Korean anthem on its soil. San Diego Union-Tribune, "North Korea holds South Korea to 0-0 in World Cup qualifier," 15 Oct. 2019 Much of that was Blackshear, the Virginia Tech grad transfer who now has a chance to win a second straight Charleston title after helping the Hokies hoist the trophy last November. Pete Iacobelli, sun-sentinel.com, "Gators rout Hurricanes 78-58 in Charleston Classic," 22 Nov. 2019 Much of that was Blackshear, the Virginia Tech grad transfer who now has a chance to win a second straight Charleston title after helping the Hokies hoist the trophy last November. Pete Iacobelli, orlandosentinel.com, "Kerry Blackshear Jr. lifts Gators to win over Miami at Charleston Classic," 22 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The company called the Air Force to evacuate the wounded because Army helicopters at the time didn’t have hoists. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio veteran’s story helped Hollywood recognize a hero," 13 Jan. 2020 The company estimates that with a basic set of tools, an engine hoist and a 110-page service manual, even a reasonably skilled car hobbyist will need just 40 to 50 hours to convert a car. New York Times, "Out: M.P.G. In: Kilowatt-Hours. Classic Cars Get an Electric Jolt.," 12 Dec. 2019 The worker platform of another hoist, seen here, may also have been damaged. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "One dead, one injured from falling beam during I-4 construction in Orlando, authorities say," 29 Sep. 2019 An exterior flagpole is now a grocery hoist, and a new jewel-box spa occupies the site of the former garage. Hilarie Sheets, ELLE Decor, "A New Spin on Connecticut’s Iconic Round House," 21 Nov. 2019 The first care aide uses a hydraulic hoist to transfer him from his bed to his electric wheelchair. Washington Post, "For many families, the costs of long-term care are horrifying," 31 Oct. 2019 Three other personnel hoists were parked nearby and one of them was positioned with its personnel platform on the ground next to the beam. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "One dead, one injured from falling beam during I-4 construction in Orlando, authorities say," 29 Sep. 2019 Rescuers from the Alaska Army and Air Guards, flying in a Black Hawk helicopter, located the hikers and were able to use a hoist to lift the men off the mountain, said officials. Jeff Parrott, Anchorage Daily News, "Two men rescued from Mount Marathon after losing trail in bear encounter," 19 July 2019 According to crews, the hoist was challenging and completed in dim light. oregonlive.com, "Coast Guard rescues stranded hikers in Oregon and Washington on Monday," 6 Aug. 2019

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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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25 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hoist.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoisted. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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More Definitions for hoist

hoist

verb
How to pronounce hoist (audio) How to pronounce hoist (audio)

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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