"hoists" in the noun sense
lifting device for raising heavy or cumbersome objects
"hoists" in the verb sense
1. hoist, lift, wind
raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help
"hoist the bicycle onto the roof of the car"
move from one place to another by lifting
"They hoisted the patient onto the operating table"
3. hoist, run up
"hoist the flags"
"hoist a sail"
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