Definitions for: Hitch

[n] the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured leg
[n] any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome
[n] a knot that can be undone by pulling against the strain that holds it
[n] a connection between a vehicle and the load that it pulls
[n] an unforeseen obstacle
[n] a period of time spent in military service
[n] 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"
[v] to hook or entangle; "One foot caught in the stirrup"
[v] jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched, as of horses
[v] walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury; "The old woman hobbles down to the store every day."
[v] travel by getting free rides from motorists

Webster (1913) Definition: Hitch (h[i^]ch), v. t. [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.]
1. To become entangled or caught; to be linked or yoked; to
unite; to cling.

Atoms . . . which at length hitched together.

2. To move interruptedly or with halts, jerks, or steps; --
said of something obstructed or impeded.

Slides into verse, and hitches in a rhyme. --Pope.

To ease themselves . . . by hitching into another
place. --Fuller.

3. To hit the legs together in going, as horses; to
interfere. [Eng.] --Halliwell.

Hitch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hitched; p. pr. & vb. n.
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 a

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.]

Hitch, n.
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.

Synonyms: arrest, buck, catch, check, duty tour, encumbrance, enlistment, halt, hang-up, hindrance, hitchhike, hobble, hobble, incumbrance, interference, jerk, limp, limp, preventative, preventive, rub, snag, stay, stop, stoppage, term of enlistment, thumb, tour, tour of duty

Antonyms: unhitch

See Also: attach, becket bend, Blackwall hitch, cat's-paw, clog, connecter, connection, connective, connector, connexion, deadlock, gait, impasse, impediment, impedimenta, inaction, inactiveness, inactivity, knot, logjam, move, obstacle, obstructer, obstruction, obstruction, obstructor, period, period of time, ride, rolling hitch, sheet bend, snag, speed bump, stalemate, standstill, timber hitch, time period, walk, weaver's hitch, weaver's knot

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