Hoist is defined as to raise or lift using a rope or a pulley.(verb)
An example of hoist is to pull up a sail on a sailboat.
The definition of a hoist is something used for lifting heavy things.(noun)
An example of hoist is a device used to help movers lift pianos.
See hoist in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: < hoise + unhistoric -t (< ? the pp.)
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verb hoist·ed, hoist·ing, hoists verb, transitive
Origin: Alteration of dialectal hoise
Origin: , perhaps variant of Middle English hisse, heave!
Origin: , possibly from Middle Dutch hissen, to haul.
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