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hitch

Definitions

  • Half-hitch
    Half-hitch
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hitch to hook or entangle "One foot caught in the stirrup"
    • v hitch connect to a vehicle: "hitch the trailer to the car"
    • v hitch jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched "the yung filly bucked"
    • v hitch walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury "The old woman hobbles down to the store every day"
    • v hitch travel by getting free rides from motorists
    • n hitch the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg
    • n hitch any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
    • n hitch a knot that can be undone by pulling against the strain that holds it; a temporary knot
    • n hitch a connection between a vehicle and the load that it pulls
    • n hitch an unforeseen obstacle
    • n hitch the state of inactivity following an interruption "the negotiations were in arrest","held them in check","during the halt he got some lunch","the momentary stay enabled him to escape the blow","he spent the entire stop in his seat"
    • n hitch a period of time spent in military service
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Additional illustrations & photos:

4. Two Half-Hitches 4. Two Half-Hitches
5. Clove-Hitch 5. Clove-Hitch
A kitten hitches a ride on the back of a lady's long dress A kitten hitches a ride on the back of a lady's long dress
The Square Hitch The Square Hitch
The Miner's Hitch The Miner's Hitch
THE LONE PACKER HITCH THE LONE PACKER HITCH
The Squaw Hitch The Squaw Hitch
The Saddle Hitch The Saddle Hitch

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: New York City's administrative code still requires that hitching posts be located in front of City Hall so that reporters can tie their horses.
    • Hitch A catch; anything that holds, as a hook; an impediment; an obstacle; an entanglement.
    • Hitch (Naut) A knot or noose in a rope which can be readily undone; -- intended for a temporary fastening; as, a half hitch; a clove hitch; a timber hitch, etc.
    • Hitch (Geol) A small dislocation of a bed or vein.
    • Hitch A stop or sudden halt; a stoppage; an impediment; a temporary obstruction; an obstacle; as, a hitch in one's progress or utterance; a hitch in the performance.
    • Hitch A sudden movement or pull; a pull up; as, the sailor gave his trousers a hitch .
    • Hitch The act of catching, as on a hook, etc.
    • Hitch To become entangled or caught; to be linked or yoked; to unite; to cling. "Atoms . . . which at length hitched together."
    • Hitch To hit the legs together in going, as horses; to interfere.
    • Hitch To hook; to catch or fasten as by a hook or a knot; to make fast, unite, or yoke; as, to hitch a horse, or a halter; hitch your wagon to a star.
    • Hitch To move interruptedly or with halts, jerks, or steps; -- said of something obstructed or impeded. "Slides into verse, and hitches in a rhyme.""To ease themselves . . . by hitching into another place."
    • Hitch To move with hitches; as, he hitched his chair nearer.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hitch To move by jerks or with pauses or rests; hop; hobble; halt; limp, literally or figuratively: as, to hitch along on the ground; verse that hitches.
    • hitch To be fastened, entangled, or snarled; catch.
    • hitch To strike the feet together in going; interfere, as a horse.
    • hitch To get on with another, as if in harness; work smoothly together.
    • hitch To pull up; raise by jerks.
    • hitch To fasten, especially in a temporary or occasional way; make fast; tether; tie up by means of a hook, a ring, a bridle, a rope, etc.
    • hitch Nautical, to cover with a network of twine or small cord, worked with one end.
    • n hitch A pull or jerk upward: as, to give one's trousers a hitch.
    • n hitch The act of catching or fastening, as on a hook, a post, etc.
    • n hitch A halt; an impediment; a stoppage; an obstruction, especially of an unexpected and temporary nature: as, a hitch in the proceedings; a hitch in one's gait.
    • n hitch In mining, a slight fault or dislocation.
    • n hitch Temporary assistance; timely help: as, to lend one a hitch.
    • n hitch Nautical, a knot or noose in a rope for making it fast to another rope or to a spar or other object: as, a clove hitch, a rolling hitch, etc.
    • n hitch plural In whaling, the fastening of their on strap on the socket of a toggle-iron.
    • hitch To catch or dig into: said specifically of a tool that digs too deeply into a piece of work that is being cut. This action is usually due to an incorrect form of the cutting-tool, but it may be due to the fibrous structure of the material.
    • hitch In mining, to dig or pick (pockets) to receive the ends of timbers.
    • n hitch In mining:
    • n hitch A hole or pocket made to receive the end of a timber.
    • n hitch The sudden stoppage of a pumping-engine.
    • n hitch In yachting, a tack.
    • n hitch A large chub, Lavinia exilicauda, found in the waters of California. Also chi.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Hitch hich to move by jerks, as if caught by a hook: to be caught by a hook: to be caught or fall into
    • v.t Hitch to hook: to catch: to fasten, tether, esp. to make fast a rope
    • n Hitch a jerk: a catch or anything that holds: an obstacle: a sudden halt:
    • n Hitch (naut.) a species of knot by which one rope is connected with another, or to some object—various knots are the Clove-hitch, Timber-hitch, Blackwall-hitch, &c
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Quotations

  • Josh Billings
    Josh%20Billings
    “There's a great power in words, if you don't hitch too many of them together.”
  • Ray D. Everson
    Ray D. Everson
    “You have to hatch ideas -- and then hitch them.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Plan more than you can do, then do it. Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it. Hitch your wagon to a star, keep your seat, and there you are”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Hitch your wagon to a star. Let us not fag in paltry works which serve our pot and bag alone.”

Idioms

A hitch in your giddy-up - If you have a hitch in your giddy-up, you're not feeling well. ('A hitch in your gittie-up' is also used.)
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Without a hitch - If something happens without a hitch, nothing at all goes wrong.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Scot. hitch, a motion by a jerk, and hatch, hotch, to move by jerks, also Prov. G. hiksen, G. hinken, to limp, hobble; or E. hiccough,; or possibly akin to E. hook,

Usage

In literature:

Jack's plan was determined upon, and after dinner he went to hitch up his horse to take Harry out to the farm.
"The Eagle's Heart" by Hamlin Garland
Turning aside he found close at hand an obscure tavern, and beside it at least a dozen wagons, the horses hitched as if ready for a journey.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
There seemed to be some hitch in regard to the next witness.
"That Affair Next Door" by Anna Katharine Green
Hitching his horse to a ring in the sidewalk upon arrival, he walked into the drug store, which was also the post-office.
"A Little Norsk; Or, Ol' Pap's Flaxen" by Hamlin Garland
He wanted to get hitched to some girl, but the directors wouldn't stand for it.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
You hitch a race horse up to a plow and you spoil a good horse and your field both.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
I remember seeing tame buffalo hitched to the Red River carts.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
Quick, you: swarm up the tree here, and take a hitch round that branch.
"Two Sides of the Face" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
If everything went well, he could do it, but there must be no hitches in the programme.
"Blazed Trail Stories" by Stewart Edward White
His private car was hitched to the tail of the Flyer, and he had just forty-five minutes to get aboard.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
Beached my dory an' hitched the painter to a tree.
"Frank Merriwell's Cruise" by Burt L. Standish
When Lennon's very creditable diamond-hitch had been thrown off, the girl overhauled the pack and made quick decisions.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
The cow-pony was tied to a hitching-rack worn shiny by thousands of reins.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
One rod is suspended by a pulley at the top of the loom; and to the lower rod is hitched the foot-treadle.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
A team was hitched to the wagon, and the drive was made to Baltimore in three days.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Hitch yo' hoss just outer the road, in the thicket, an' follow me.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
I hitched his horse, then made him undress himself, all to his shirt and drawers, and ordered him to turn his back to me.
"The Story of the Outlaw" by Emerson Hough
The men stuck the timbers under the shack, hitched the horses to it, and Ida Mary and I did the housework en route.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
The squaw took the girl's reins from her hands, and hitched them to the hook.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
It is the hitch which holds everything together.
"The Young Alaskans in the Rockies" by Emerson Hough
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In poetry:

Let me hitch my horse's bridle
To this stunted tree :
Now, instead of one chap idle,
We can reckon three.
"The Patrol And The Gold-Digger" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
"But here is the bridge." It had suddenly grown
Out of the mist. As we shot below
The arch, we hitch'd, and my mate cried, "Joe,
We must signal to Bill as we journey down."
"Bill's Length" by Alexander Anderson
Pa he bringed me here to stay
'Til my Ma she's well.--An' nen
He's go' hitch up, Chris'mus-day,
An' come take me back again
Wher' my Ma's at! Won't I be
Tickled when he comes fer me!
"A Christmas Memory" by James Whitcomb Riley
"You'll marry her, you gentle tar -
Your union I myself will bless,
And when you matrimonied are,
I will appoint her stewardess."
But WILLIAM hitched himself and sighed,
And cleared his throat, and thus replied:
"Babette's Love" by William Schwenck Gilbert
I felt first-rate; so I hitched at the gate,
And went up to the house; and, strange to relate,
MARSHALL THOMAS had dropped in, TOO.--
"Glad to see you, sir, how do you do?"
He says, says he! Well--it SOUNDED QUEER:
""Tradin' Joe"" by James Whitcomb Riley
THES. Like it. Why it's as straightforward as possible. Why
there hasn't been a hitch of any kind since we came up here. Lor'
the airs you gods and goddesses give yourselves are perfectly
sickening. Why it's mere child's play.
"Thespis: Act II" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

This is an excerpt from Christopher Hitchens' new memoir, Hitch-22.
Heyride Has a Hitch in Its Get-Along .
New research claims that when you had sex for the first time is a predictor of how likely you are to get hitched.
OGDEN — Despite some of the most dangerous fire conditions in decades, several of Top of Utah cities celebrated the Fourth of July with rousing fireworks displays that went off without a hitch.
Two winning people are happily hitched.
The 28-year-old Maine native got hitched over the weekend in Pasadena, Calif, to 35-year-old J.P. Rosenbaum of Long Island, who proposed to her on the seventh season of the ABC dating reality show "The Bachelorette".
The couple - who dated for 28 years before finally getting hitched last week - were spotted boarding a Caribbean-bound ocean liner in Florida.
Hitch hiker murdered man after sexual advances.
Bubba and Belle are getting hitched on Saturday.
QU anonymous donor offers $100,000, with a hitch .
The missing hitch in "Hitchcock".
New Business Communications Hitch .
Debt Ceiling Becomes Latest 'Fiscal Cliff' Hitch .
Raising Debt Ceiling Is Latest 'Fiscal Cliff' Hitch .
Raising debt ceiling is latest 'fiscal cliff' hitch .
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In science:

There is an opinion that this is not caused by problems of audition, speech, or articulatory rehearsal within the phonological loop component of Baddeley and Hitch's working memory model.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
Adams, The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Pan Books, London, 1979, Chapter 25.
Uses of randomness in computation
A standard piano has 88 keys, each with a set of 3 strings (except those bass keys which have a set of 2 strings each) stretched separately between the hitch pins and tuning pins on a large soundboard.
Music in Terms of Science
Thanks: Martin Brasier, Mike Clinton, Richard Gardner, Donald Hall, Francis Hitching, Rich Palmer, for images and/or helpful discussions. ©Eric Werner 2012.
A Developmental Network Theory of Gynandromorphs, Sexual Dimorphism and Species Formation
Butterfly knot, clove hitch knot, Gordian knot, hangman’s knot, vipers’ tangle - knots are familiar ob jects, symbols of complexity, occasionally metaphors for evil.
Review of "Knots" by Alexei Sossinsky, Harvard University Press, 2002, ISBN 0-674-00944-4
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