Pronunciation Verb

hoist (hoists, present participle hoisting; past and past participle hoisted)

  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).
    • 1719, Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe:
      […] but this last was so heavy, I could not hoist it up to get it over the ship's side.
    • 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
      Between us, with much trouble, we managed to hoist him upstairs, and laid him on his bed, where his head fell back on the pillow, as if he were almost fainting.
  2. (transitive, sport, often, figurative) 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, comptheory) To extract (code) from a loop construct as part of optimization.
  6. (transitive, slang) To steal, to rob.
Translations Noun

hoist (plural hoists)

  1. A hoisting device, such as pulley or crane.
  2. The act of hoisting; a lift.
    Give me a hoist over that wall.
  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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