Hitch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hitched p. pr. & vb. n. Hitching.]
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 halter; hitch your wagon to a star.
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 v. t.
1. To become entangled or caught; to be linked or yoked; to unite; to cling.
Atoms . . . which at length hitched together. --South.
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.]
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.
n 1: a period of time spent in military service [syn: enlistment,
term of enlistment, tour of duty, duty tour, tour]
2: 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" [syn: arrest, check, halt, stay, stop,
3: an unforeseen obstacle [syn: hang-up, rub, snag]
4: a connection between a vehicle and the load that it pulls
5: a knot that can be undone by pulling against the strain that
6: any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome [syn: hindrance,
preventive, preventative, encumbrance, incumbrance,
7: the uneven manner of walking that results from an injured
leg [syn: hobble, limp]
v 1: to hook or entangle; "One foot caught in the stirrup" [syn:
catch] [ant: unhitch]
2: walk impeded by some physical limitation or injury; "The old
woman hobbles down to the store every day" [syn: limp, hobble]
3: jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched; "the yung
filly bucked" [syn: buck, jerk]
4: travel by getting free rides from motorists [syn: hitchhike,
5: connect to a vehicle: "hitch the trailer to the car"