• WordNet 3.6
    • v hoist raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help "hoist the bicycle onto the roof of the car"
    • v hoist raise "hoist the flags","hoist a sail"
    • v hoist move from one place to another by lifting "They hoisted the patient onto the operating table"
    • n hoist lifting device for raising heavy or cumbersome objects
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The statue of Freedom atop the U.S. Capital building is 19.5 feet tall and weighs 15,000 pounds. It was created in Rome, and the ship that brought it to America ran into a storm so severe that most of the cargo had to be tossed overboard. Before the ship reached the United States, it was condemned and sold in Bermuda, where the statue was put in storage. Two years later it reached Washington, but because of the Civil War the dome wasn't finished and the statue didn't get hoisted to its proper position for another two years.
    • p. p Hoist Hoisted. "'T is the sport to have the enginer Hoist with his own petar."
    • Hoist That by which anything is hoisted; the apparatus for lifting goods.
    • Hoist The act of hoisting; a lift.
    • Hoist (Naut) The height of a fore-and-aft sail next the mast or stay.
    • Hoist (Naut) The perpendicular height of a flag, as opposed to the fly, or horizontal length when flying from a staff.
    • v. t Hoist 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. "They land my goods, and hoist my flying sails.""Hoisting him into his father's throne."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hoist To raise; lift; elevate; especially, to raise by means of block and tackle or other machinery.
    • n hoist The act of hoisting; a lift.
    • n hoist That by which something is hoisted; a machine for raising ore, merchandise, passengers, etc., in a mine, warehouse, hotel, etc.; an elevator.
    • n hoist The perpendicular height of a flag or ensign, as opposed to the fly, or breadth from the staff to the outer edge; also, the extent to which a sail or yard may be hoisted: as, give the sail more hoist.
    • n hoist Nautical, a number of flags fastened together for hoisting as a signal.
    • n hoist Past participle of hoise, regularly hoised.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Hoist hoist to lift: to raise with tackle: to heave
    • n Hoist act of lifting: the height of a sail: an apparatus for lifting heavy bodies to the upper stories of a building
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  • William Shakespeare
    “For 'Tis the sport to have the engineer hoisted with his own petard.”
  • 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.”


Hoist with your own petard - If you are hoist with your own petard, you get into trouble or caught in a trap that you had set for someone else.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. hoise, hyse, OD. hyssen, D. hijshen,; akin to LG. hissen, Dan. hisse, Sw. hissa,


In literature:

Stand by to hoist out the boats.
"Sunk at Sea" by R.M. Ballantyne
Mr. Laud Cavendish stepped into the sail-boat, hoisted the sails, and shoved her off into deep water with an oar.
"The Yacht Club" by Oliver Optic
Mr. Barradas, hoist in the boat as quickly as possible.
"Edward Barry" by Louis Becke
A light was then seen hoisted on board the Spanish Admiral's ship.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
We again hoisted the sail, as we were not far enough out to be in the track of any traders.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
No sooner was this done than the stranger, hauling down the red ensign, hoisted the tricoloured flag.
"Won from the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
Then, wasn't the signal for sailing hoisted at once?
"Down the Rhine" by Oliver Optic
Every day at sunrise the flag was hoisted, and every night the beacon-fire lighted, but the signals were observed by no passing vessel.
"Owen Hartley; or, Ups and Downs" by William H. G. Kingston
I loosed the sail, and hoisted it.
"Desk and Debit" by Oliver Optic
Mat stepped on the deck of The Starry Flag, whose foresail and mainsail had been hoisted, and her anchor hove short.
"Freaks of Fortune" by Oliver Optic

In poetry:

The mariners shout,
The ships swing about,
The yards are all hoisted,
The sails flutter out.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XVIII. -- King Olaf And " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Hoists Reason's sail, and for the haze
Of ocean quits Tradition's shore,
Awhile he comes, and kneels, and prays,
Then comes and kneels, but prays no more;
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
'He'll never learn his bark to steer
'Mid passion's sudden, wild career;
Nor try at times to tack or veer
To int'rest's gale,
But hoist the sheet, unaw'd by fear,
Tho' storms prevail.
"The Scottish Muse" by Hector MacNeill
With all her haughty looks, the time I've seen
When this proud damsel has more humble been,
When with nice airs she hoist the pancake round,
And dropt it, hapless fair! upon the ground.
"Colemira. A Culinary Eclogue" by William Shenstone
She scattered her snow on the mountain's steep side,
Then bade on swift skis her young manhood to glide;
The North Sea she maddened with scourge of gales,
Then bade her young manhood to hoist the sails.
"Our Country 1859" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
How! gains the leak so fast? Clean out the hold—
Hoist up thy merchandise — heave out thy gold!
There — let the ingots go! — now the ship rights;
Hurrah! the harbour's near — lo, the red lights!
"The Mariner's Hymn" by Caroline Anne Bowles Southey

In news:

Warren Ruda / The Citizens' Voice Kircher hoists the flag on the newly rededicated flagpole.
Hoppin' Frog 's impish frog hoists a glass of ale.
Imagine you are in the stands at a high school football game and the cheerleaders hoist a paper banner painted with the Bible verse "I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me".
Wings, salads and other burger joint items are available with seating at basic tables surrounded by décor that includes the occasional farming tool hoisted to the wall.
North Vermilion's Wade Harrison hoists a assistant coach after the Falcons defeated Fountain Central 25-21.
Aquatic research coordinator Claire Weldon of the Cleveland Metroparks hoists a trophy largemouth bass she named "Helga" after a fish capture and release effort last week at Cherokee Hills Golf Course in Valley City.
Tomcat's 10th annual Hoist & Rigging Workshop.
Hoist one for Oktoberfest in Ontario.
Hoist 's work can be seen at the monthly Kokua Kailua Village Stroll, online and in select galleries.
The Eagles celebrated by hoisting the DARE Cup, which is awarded to the winner of each game played between the rivals.
The five-year contract would mean production of 30 to 40 hoists per year, he noted.
Four area restaurants are participating in this year's Samuel Adams National Stein Hoisting competition, which means a local hoister could win a trip this year to Germany during Oktoberfest.
Here are local restaurants having hoisting competitions.
" Minutes after he finished speaking, Michelle Obama came out and the audience hoisted "Michelle" signs.
Hoist several beverages for this week's WINNERS.

In science:

Hoist maintenance and operations and other activities necessary to provide access to depth as well as dewatering costs are essentially independent of the number of experiments conducted at depth. • Training costs.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake
Thus the creation of dual access to a site at 6000 mwe represents an initial investment of $120-240M, after which one must invest in hoists, utilities, ventilation, hall construction, and other facilities necessary to a laboratory.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake
Massive shafts and hoists provide dual access to every level.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake
Homestake’s Physical Attributes: A summary of the site’s present physical characteristics, hoist capacity, utilities, and operations is given below.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake
Capacity and condition of shafts and hoisting equipment: Currently the Yates hoist is configured with four hoisting compartments, two for people and two skips for rock.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake