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.
* Alexander Pope
- They land my goods, and hoist my flying sails.
- hoisting him into his father's throne
* 1883 , (Robert Louis Stevenson), (Treasure Island)
- ...but this last was so heavy, I could not hoist it up to get it over the ship's side.
- 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.
, date=October 23
, author=Tom Fordyce
, title=2011 Rugby World Cup final: New Zealand 8-7 France
, work=BBC Sport
, passage=And when skipper Richie McCaw hoisted
the Webb Ellis Trophy high into the night, a quarter of a century of hurt was blown away in an explosion of fireworks and cheering.}}
(historical) To lift someone up to be flogged.
To be lifted up.
(comptheory) To extract (code) from a loop construct as part of optimization.
* "Hoisted" is about fifteen times more common than "hoist" in US usage as past and past participle. The "hoist" form is also uncommon in the UK except in the expression "hoist by one's own petard".
* They land my goods, and hoist my flying sails . —
* Hoisting him into his father’s throne . —
A hoisting device, such as pulley or crane.
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.
The vertical edge of a flag which is next to the staff.
The height of a fore-and-aft sail, next the mast or stay.
- Give me a hoist over that wall.
One who, or that which, hoists.
* 1851 , Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
- putting one foot into it, so as the better to secure his slippery hand-hold on the whip itself, the hoisters ran him high up to the top of the head, almost before Tashtego could have reached its interior bottom.