Pronunciation: (hich),[key] —v.t. 1. to fasten or tie, esp. temporarily, by means of a hook, rope, strap, etc.; tether: Steve hitched the horse to one of the posts. 2. to harness (an animal) to a vehicle (often fol. by up).
3. to raise with jerks (usually fol. by up); hike up: to hitch up one's trousers. 4. to move or draw (something) with a jerk.
5. Slang.to bind by marriage vows; unite in marriage; marry: They got hitched in '79. 6. to catch, as on a projection; snag: He hitched his jeans on a nail and tore them.
—v.i. 1. to stick, as when caught.
2. to fasten oneself or itself to something (often fol. by on).
3. to move roughly or jerkily: The old buggy hitched along. 4. to hobble or limp.
5. hitch up, to harness an animal to a wagon, carriage, or the like.
—n. 1. the act or fact of fastening, as to something, esp. temporarily.
2. any of various knots or loops made to attach a rope to something in such a way as to be readily loosened. Cf. bend1 (def. 18).
3. Mil. Slang.a period of military service: a three-year hitch in the Navy. 4. an unexpected difficulty, obstacle, delay, etc.: a hitch in our plans for the picnic. 5. a hitching movement; jerk or pull.
6. a hitching gait; a hobble or limp.
7. a fastening that joins a movable tool to the mechanism that pulls it.
8. Mining. a. a fault having a throw less than the thickness of a coal seam being mined.
b. a notch cut in a wall or the like to hold the end of a stull or other timber.
Pronunciation: (hich),[key] —n. a minnow, Lavinia exilicauda, inhabiting streams in the area of San Francisco and the Sacramento River basin.