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hoist

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verb \ˈhȯist, chiefly dialectal ˈhīst\

Definition of hoist

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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.

  3. 2 :  drink 1 hoist a few beers

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become hoisted :  rise let it hoist to the upper deck

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

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

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hoist

noun

Definition of hoist

  1. 1 :  an act of raising or lifting :  an act of hoisting (see 1hoist) gave him a hoist over the wall

  2. 2 :  an apparatus (such as a tackle or a hydraulic lift) for lifting or raising :  an apparatus for hoisting (see 1hoist)

  3. 3 :  the height of a flag when viewed flying a flag with a 20-foot hoist

Origin and Etymology of hoist

see 1hoist

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HOIST Defined for English Language Learners

hoist

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verb

Definition of hoist for English Language Learners

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

  • basketball : to take (a shot)

hoist

noun

Definition of hoist for English Language Learners

  • : a machine used for lifting heavy loads


HOIST Defined for Kids

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hoist

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verb \ˈhȯist\

Definition of hoist for Students

hoisted

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hoisting

  1. :  to lift up especially with a pulley


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hoist

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noun

Definition of hoist for Students

  1. :  a device used for lifting heavy loads



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