What does the word hoist mean?

Usage examples for hoist

  1. Tom Fillot, get that American flag ready to hoist if she signals us, and send the blacks below, all but our two and their gang. – The Black Bar by George Manville Fenn
  2. 5 To shove off and hoist sail was the work of a few moments, and with a fine working breeze away we went. – Story Hour Readings: Seventh Year by E.C. Hartwell
  3. We shall have a good stiff breeze before long, and the Alert might slip out at any time, and, before we could hoist a sail, she would be half- way across the river. – Frank, the Young Naturalist by Harry Castlemon