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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To raise or haul up with or as if with the help of a mechanical apparatus. See Synonyms at lift.
  • transitive v. To raise to one's mouth in order to drink: hoist a few beers.
  • intransitive v. To become raised or lifted.
  • n. An apparatus for lifting heavy or cumbersome objects.
  • n. The act of hoisting; a lift.
  • n. Nautical The height or vertical dimension of a flag or of any square sail other than a course.
  • n. Nautical A group of flags raised together as a signal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. 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.
  • v. To lift someone up to be flogged.
  • v. To be lifted up.
  • n. A hoisting device, such as pulley or crane.
  • n. The perpendicular height of a flag, as opposed to the fly, or horizontal length, when flying from a staff.
  • n. The vertical edge of a flag which is next to the staff.
  • n. The height of a fore-and-aft sail, next the mast or stay.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To raise; lift; elevate; especially, to raise by means of block and tackle or other machinery.
  • n. The act of hoisting; a lift.
  • n. That by which something is hoisted; a machine for raising ore, merchandise, passengers, etc., in a mine, warehouse, hotel, etc.; an elevator.
  • n. 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. Nautical, a number of flags fastened together for hoisting as a signal.
  • n. Past participle of hoise, regularly hoised.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. lifting device for raising heavy or cumbersome objects
  • v. raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help
  • v. raise
  • v. move from one place to another by lifting

Etymologies

Alteration of dialectal hoise, perhaps variant of Middle English hisse, heave!, possibly from Middle Dutch hissen, to haul.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Alteration of hoise, apparently based on the past tense and participle. Confer Danish hisse, German hissen, Italian issare (loaned from a Germanic source). (Wiktionary)

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