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Definition of hoist:

  1. Hoisted.
  2. That by which anything is hoisted; the apparatus for lifting goods.
  3. The act of hoisting; a lift.
  4. The height of a fore- and- aft sail next the mast or stay.
  5. The perpendicular height of a flag, as opposed to the fly, or horizontal length when flying from a staff.
  6. 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.


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