Hoist (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hoisted; p. pr. & vb. n. Hoisting.] [OE. hoise, hyse, OD. hyssen, D. hijshen; akin to LG. hissen, Dan. hisse, Sw. hissa.]

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. Pope.

Hoisting him into his father's throne. South.

Hoisting engine, a steam engine for operating a hoist.


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Hoist, n.


That by which anything is hoisted; the apparatus for lifting goods.


The act of hoisting; a lift.



()() The perpendicular height of a flag, as opposed to the fly, or horizontal length when flying from a staff. (b) The height of a fore-and-aft sail next the mast or stay.


Hoist bridge, a drawbridge that is lifted instead of being swung or drawn aside.


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Hoist, p. p.



'Tis the sport to have the enginer Hoist with his own petar. Shak.


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