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Definition of Hoist


  1. 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. That by which anything is hoisted; the apparatus for lifting goods.
  3. The act of hoisting; a lift.
  4. The perpendicular height of a flag, as opposed to the fly, or horizontal length when flying from a staff.
  5. The height of a fore-and-aft sail next the mast or stay.
  6. Hoisted.

Hoist Quotations

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

Give immediate instruction to all your posts in said territory, under your direction, at no time and on no pretence to hoist, or suffer be hoisted, the English flag.
Zebulon Pike

Hoist up sail while gale doth last, Tide and wind stay no man's pleasure.
Robert Southwell

I'd get a shell, they weighed about 80 pounds I think, but when I was 19 or 20 that was nothing. I'd take a shell and a bag of powder, I'd put it in the hoist and then I would send it up to the gun.
Barney Ross
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Hoist Translations

hoist in Dutch is hijsen, ophijsen
hoist in German is hochziehen, aufwinden, Fahrstuhl, hissen
hoist in Norwegian is heise
hoist in Spanish is enarbolar
hoist in Swedish is hissa, vinscha
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