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  Dictionary Definition of hoist

hoist
verb (t)
1. to raise or lift, especially by some mechanical appliance: to hoist sail.
2. Colloquial to steal, especially to shoplift.
3. Colloquial to throw.
-- noun
4. an apparatus for hoisting, as a lift.
5. a lift for heavy goods; goods lift.
6. the act of hoisting; a lift.
7. Nautical a. the vertical length of any sail other than a course. b. the perpendicular height of a sail or flag. c. a string of flags raised as a signal.
8. Colloquial a theft; housebreaking.
[later form of hoise; cf. G hissen ]
-- hoister, noun