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 for hoist
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hoist \Hoist\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hoisted; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Hoisting.] [OE. hoise, hyse, OD. hyssen, D. hijshen; akin
     to LG. hissen, Dan. hisse, Sw. hissa.]
     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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           They land my goods, and hoist my flying sails. --Pope.
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           Hoisting him into his father's throne.   --South.
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     Hoisting engine, a steam engine for operating a hoist.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hoist \Hoist\, n.
     1. That by which anything is hoisted; the apparatus for
        lifting goods.
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     2. The act of hoisting; a lift. [Colloq.]
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     3. (Naut.)
        (a) The perpendicular height of a flag, as opposed to the
            fly, or horizontal length when flying from a staff.
        (b) The height of a fore-and-aft sail next the mast or
            stay. --Totten.
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     Hoist bridge, a drawbridge that is lifted instead of being
        swung or drawn aside.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hoist \Hoist\, p. p.
     Hoisted. [Obs.]
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           'T is the sport to have the enginer
           Hoist with his own petar.                --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: lifting device for raising heavy or cumbersome objects
      v 1: raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help; "hoist
           the bicycle onto the roof of the car" [syn: hoist,
           lift, wind]
      2: move from one place to another by lifting; "They hoisted the
         patient onto the operating table"
      3: raise; "hoist the flags"; "hoist a sail" [syn: hoist, run

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  59 Moby Thesaurus words for "hoist":
     a leg up, boost, buoy up, cast up, crab, crane, davit, derrick,
     elevate, elevator, erect, erector, escalate, forklift,
     gantry crane, heave, heft, heighten, heist, hike, hoick, hold up,
     hydraulic tailgate, jack, jackscrew, jerk up, knock up, lever,
     levitate, lift, lift up, lifter, lob, loft, perk up, pick up,
     raise, raise up, rear, rear up, rise, set up, sky, stick up,
     tackle, take up, throw up, up, upbuoy, upcast, upheave, uphoist,
     uphold, uplift, upraise, uprear, upthrow, winch, windlass

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