1. 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
2. To move with hitches; as, he hitched his chair nearer.
To hitch up. (a) To fasten up. (b) To pull or raise with a jerk; as, a sailor hitches up his trousers.
(c) To attach, as a horse, to a vehicle; as, hitch up the gray mare. [Colloq.]
1. A catch; anything that holds, as a hook; an impediment; an obstacle; an entanglement.
2. The act of catching, as on a hook, etc.
3. 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.
4. A sudden movement or pull; a pull up; as, the sailor gave his trousers a hitch.
5. (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.
6. (Geol.) A small dislocation of a bed or vein.
(Hitch"el) n. & v. t. See Hatchel.
(Hithe) n. [AS. hyð. Cf. Hide to conceal.] A port or small haven; used in composition; as,
Lambhithe, now Lambeth. Pennant.
(Hith"er) adv. [OE. hider, AS. hider; akin to Icel. heðra, Dan. hid, Sw. hit, Goth. hidre; cf. L.
citra on this side, or E. here, he. &radic183. Cf. He.]
1. To this place; used with verbs signifying motion, and implying motion toward the speaker; correlate
of hence and thither; as, to come or bring hither.
2. To this point, source, conclusion, design, etc.; in a sense not physical.
Hither we refer whatsoever belongeth unto the highest perfection of man.Hooker. Hither and thither, to and fro; backward and forward; in various directions. "Victory is like a traveller,
and goeth hither and thither." Knolles.
1. Being on the side next or toward the person speaking; nearer; correlate of thither and farther; as,
on the hither side of a hill. Milton.
2. Applied to time: On the hither side of, younger than; of fewer years than.
And on the hither side, or so she looked,Tennyson.
Of twenty summers.
To the present generation, that is to say, the people a few years on the hither and thither side of thirty,
the name of Charles Darwin stands alongside of those of Isaac Newton and Michael Faraday.Huxley.
(Hith"er*most`) a. Nearest on this side. Sir M. Hale.
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