AskDefine | Define hoist

Dictionary Definition

hoist n : lifting device for raising heavy or cumbersome objects


1 raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help; "hoist the bicycle onto the roof of the car" [syn: lift, wind]
2 move from one place to another by lifting; "They hoisted the patient onto the operating table"
3 raise; "hoist the flags"; "hoist a sail" [syn: run up]

User Contributed Dictionary



Alteration of hoise, apparently based on the past tense and participle.



  1. to raise; to lift; to elevate; especially, to raise or lift to a desired elevation, by means of tackle or pulley, as a sail, a flag, a heavy package or weight.
  2. In the context of "transitive|historical": to lift someone up to be flogged
  3. to be lifted up


  • They land my goods, and hoist my flying sails. — Pope
  • Hoisting him into his father’s throne. — South



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


hoisting device
perpendicular height of a flag
vertical edge of a flag which is next to the staff
height of a fore-and-aft sail, next the mast or stay

Extensive Definition

Hoist may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

a leg up, boost, buoy up, cast up, crab, crane, davit, derrick, elevate, elevator, erect, erector, escalate, forklift, gantry crane, heave, heft, heighten, heist, hike, hoick, hold up, hydraulic tailgate, jack, jackscrew, jerk up, knock up, lever, levitate, lift, lift up, lifter, lob, loft, perk up, pick up, raise, raise up, rear, rear up, rise, set up, sky, stick up, tackle, take up, throw up, up, upbuoy, upcast, upheave, uphoist, uphold, uplift, upraise, uprear, upthrow, winch, windlass
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