What does hoist mean?

Definitions for hoist
hɔɪst or, sometimes, haɪsthoist

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hoistverb

    lifting device for raising heavy or cumbersome objects

  2. hoist, lift, windverb

    raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help

    "hoist the bicycle onto the roof of the car"

  3. hoistverb

    move from one place to another by lifting

    "They hoisted the patient onto the operating table"

  4. hoist, run upverb


    "hoist the flags"; "hoist a sail"


  1. hoistnoun

    A hoisting device, such as pulley or crane.

  2. hoistnoun

    The perpendicular height of a flag, as opposed to the fly, or horizontal length, when flying from a staff.

  3. hoistnoun

    The vertical edge of a flag which is next to the staff.

  4. hoistnoun

    The height of a fore-and-aft sail, next the mast or stay.

  5. hoistverb

    To raise; to lift; to elevate; especially, to raise or lift to a desired elevation, by means of tackle or pulley, as a sail, a flag, a heavy package or weight.

  6. hoistverb

    To lift someone up to be flogged.

  7. hoistverb

    To be lifted up.

  8. Etymology: Alteration of hoise, apparently based on the past tense and participle. Confer Danish hisse, German hissen, Italian issare (loaned from a Germanic source).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Hoise, To Hoistverb

    To raise up on high.

    Etymology: hausser, French.

    ’Tis the sport to have the engineer hoist up with his own petar. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Join you with me;
    We’ll quickly hoist duke Humphrey from his seat. William Shakespeare.

    Hoise sail, and fly;
    And in thy flight aloud on Cratis cry. George Chapman, Odyssey.

    Auria had hoised sail, and was on his way toward the bay of Naupactus. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    They loosed the rudder-bands, and hoised up the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore. Acts xxvii. 40.

    That man which prizeth virtue for itself, and cannot endure to hoise and strike his sails, as the divers natures of calms and storms require, must cut his sails of mean length and breadth, and content himself with a slow and sure navigation. Walter Raleigh.

    What made Absalom kick at all the kindnesses of his father, but because his ambition would needs be fingering the sceptre, and hoisting him into his father’s throne. Robert South, Serm.

    We thought for Greece
    The sails were hoisted, and our fears release. John Dryden, Æn.

    They hoist him on the bier, and deal the dole,
    And there’s an end. John Dryden, Pers.

    What haste she made to hoist her purple sails!
    And to appear magnificent in flight,
    Drew half our strength away. John Dryden, All for Love.

    Their navy swarms upon the coasts: they cry
    To hoist their anchors, but the gods deny. John Dryden, Æn.

    Seize him, take, hoist him up, break off his hold,
    And toss him headlong from the temple’s wall. Thomas Southerne.

    If ’twas an island where they found the shells, they straightways concluded that the whole island lay originally at the bottom of the sea, and that it was hoisted up by some vapour from beneath. John Woodward, Natural History.


  1. hoist

    A hoist is a mechanical device used for lifting or lowering a load, typically using a drum or lift-wheel around which rope or chain wraps. It is primarily used in industrial settings, construction sites or warehouses to move heavy items from one place to another. This can be operated manually, electrically, or pneumatically.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hoistverb

    to raise; to lift; to elevate; esp., to raise or lift to a desired elevation, by means of tackle, as a sail, a flag, a heavy package or weight

  2. Hoistnoun

    that by which anything is hoisted; the apparatus for lifting goods

  3. Hoistnoun

    the act of hoisting; a lift

  4. Hoistnoun

    the perpendicular height of a flag, as opposed to the fly, or horizontal length when flying from a staff

  5. Hoistnoun

    the height of a fore-and-aft sail next the mast or stay

  6. Hoist


  7. Etymology: [OE. hoise, hyse, OD. hyssen, D. hijshen; akin to LG. hissen, Dan. hisse, Sw. hissa.]


  1. Hoist

    Hoist is the name of two fictional characters in the Transformers universes.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hoist

    hoist, v.t. to lift: to raise with tackle: to heave.—n. act of lifting: the height of a sail: an apparatus for lifting heavy bodies to the upper stories of a building.—Hoist with one's own petard, beaten with one's own weapons, caught in one's own trap. [Formerly hoise, or hoyse—Old Dut. hyssen, Dut. hijsschen, to hoist.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. hoist

    In helicopters, the mechanism by which external loads may be raised or lowered vertically.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. hoist

    The perpendicular height of a sail or flag; in the latter it is opposed to the fly, which implies its breadth from the staff to the outer edge: or that part to which the halliards are bent.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. hoist

    To raise; to lift, or bear upward by means of tackle, as a flag, etc. The perpendicular height of a flag, as opposed to the fly, or breadth from the staff to the outer edge.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hoist in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hoist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of hoist in a Sentence

  1. Douglas MacArthur:

    I see that old flagpole still stands. Have your troops hoist the colors to its peak, and let no enemy ever haul them down.

  2. William Shakespeare:

    For 'tis the sport to have the engineer hoist with his own petard...

  3. Laura Moore -RRB- Laura:

    If they spent a day in their park with me and my son, they would immediately know there was a problem, they can make all these amazing rides but they can't put a changing hoist in a toilet.It's disgraceful that the biggest theme park on the planet doesn't cater for everybody.

  4. Henry Louis Mencken:

    Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.

  5. H. L. Mencken:

    There comes a time when a man must spit on his hands, hoist the black flag and begin slitting throats.

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