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Definition hoist


Alteration of hoise, apparently based on the past tense and participle. Compare Danish hejse, Dutch hijsen, German hissen, Italian issare (loaned from a Germanic source).


hoist (third-person singular simple present hoists, present participle hoisting, simple past and past participle hoisted or hoist)

  1. (transitive) To raise; to lift; to elevate (especially, to raise or lift to a desired elevation, by means of tackle or pulley, said of a sail, a flag, a heavy package or weight).
  2. (transitive, sports, often figuratively) To lift a trophy or similar prize into the air in celebration of a victory.
  3. (transitive, historical) To lift someone up to be flogged.
  4. (intransitive) To be lifted up.
  5. (transitive, computing theory) To extract (code) from a loop construct as part of optimization.
  6. (transitive, slang) To steal, to rob.


hoist (plural hoists)

  1. A hoisting device, such as pulley or crane.
  2. The act of hoisting; a lift.
  3. The perpendicular height of a flag, as opposed to the fly, or horizontal length, when flying from a staff.
  4. The vertical edge of a flag which is next to the staff.
  5. The height of a fore-and-aft sail, next the mast or stay.

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