(Irregular plural: hitches).
1. A knot that can be undone by pulling against the strain that holds it.
2. Connects a vehicle to the load that it pulls.
3. The uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg; SYN. hobble, limp.
A projecting piece that is used to lift or support or turn something.
1. An act or instance of plucking or pulling
2. The heart, liver, lungs, and trachea of a slaughtered animal especially as an item of food
3. Courageous readiness to fight or continue against odds; dogged resolution
4. The act of pulling and releasing a taut cord.
1. A device used for pulling something
2. A sustained effort
3. Special advantage or influence
4. The act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you; SYN. pulling.
5. The force used in pulling
ETYM Old Eng. stert a tail, as. steort; akin to lg. stert, steert, Dutch staart, German sterz, Icel. stertr, Dan. stiert, Swed. stjert. Related to Stark naked, under Stark, Start.
1. A turn to be in a game at the beginning; SYN. starting.
2. Advantage gained by an early start as in a race; SYN. head start.
3. The beginning of anything.
1. A reflex response to sudden pain; SYN. flinch.
2. The facial expression of sudden pain.
1. A violent twisting or a pull with or as if with twisting
2. A sharp twist or sudden jerk straining muscles or ligaments; also; the resultant injury (as of a joint)
3. A distorting or perverting alteration
4. Acute emotional distress; sudden violent mental change
5. A hand or power tool for holding, twisting, or turning an object (as a bolt or nut)
6. Monkey wrench
ETYM Cf. Scot. yank a sudden and severe blow.
A jerk or sudden pull.