- the land next to the sea; seashore: the rocky coast of Maine.
- the region adjoining it: They live on the coast, a few miles from the sea.
- a hill or slope down which one may slide on a sled.
- a slide or ride down a hill or slope, as on a sled.
- Obsolete. the boundary or border of a country.
- the Coast, Informal. (in the U.S. and Canada) the region bordering on the Pacific Ocean; the West Coast: I'm flying out to the Coast next week.
- to slide on a sled down a snowy or icy hillside or incline.
- to descend a hill or the like, as on a bicycle, without using pedals.
- to continue to move or advance after effort has ceased; keep going on acquired momentum: We cut off the car engine and coasted for a while.
- to advance or proceed with little or no effort, especially owing to one's actual or former assets, as wealth, position, or name, or those of another: The actor coasted to stardom on his father's name.
- to sail along, or call at the various ports of, a coast.
- Obsolete. to proceed in a roundabout way.
- to cause to move along under acquired momentum: to coast a rocket around the sun.
- to proceed along or near the coast of.
- Obsolete. to keep alongside of (a person moving).
- Obsolete. to go by the side or border of.
- the coast is clear, no danger or impediment exists; no persons are in the path or vicinity: The boys waited until the coast was clear before climbing over the wall.
Origin of coast
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Examples from the Web for coast
Groups like the Crips and MS-13 have spread from coast to coast, and even abroad.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 29-Jan 4, 2014
January 4, 2015
Orion will orbit Earth twice before splashing down off the California coast.To Infinity and Beyond! NASA’s Orion Mission Blasts Off
Matthew R. Francis
December 4, 2014
You use fuel to give you the proper velocity and direction, and then you turn off your fuel tanks and coast there.Neil deGrasse Tyson Breaks Down ‘Interstellar’: Black Holes, Time Dilations, and Massive Waves
November 11, 2014
In addition to Cornyn and Abbott, George P. Bush will likely coast to victory.The Most Interesting Place to Be Tonight
November 4, 2014
By 2008, his planes were shuttling staff and surgical equipment from coast to coast.Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’
The Center for Investigative Reporting
November 3, 2014
We began the 19th century with a choice, to spread our nation from coast to coast.
Scene changes to an inn on the coast within a few yards of Paris.
The wrack had thickened to seaward, and the coast was but a blurred line.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
I got up first on the wall to make sure the coast was clear.
Oh, if you had only told me what had happened that evening on the coast!Rico and Wiseli
- the line or zone where the land meets the sea or some other large expanse of water
- (in combination)coastland
- British the seaside
- a slope down which a sledge may slide
- the act or an instance of sliding down a slope
- obsolete borderland or frontier
- the coast is clear informal the obstacles or dangers are gone
- to move or cause to move by momentum or force of gravity
- (intr) to proceed without great effortto coast to victory
- to sail along (a coast)
Word Origin and History for coast
"margin of the land," early 14c.; earlier "rib as a part of the body" (early 12c.), from Old French coste "rib, side, flank; slope, incline;" later "coast, shore" (12c., Modern French côte), from Latin costa "a rib," perhaps related to a root word for "bone" (cf. Old Church Slavonic kosti "bone," also see osseous).
Latin costa developed a secondary sense in Medieval Latin of "the shore," via notion of the "side" of the land, as well as "side of a hill," and this passed into Romanic (e.g. Italian costa "coast, side," Spanish cuesta "slope," costa "coast"), but only in the Germanic languages that borrowed it is it fully specialized in this sense (e.g. Dutch kust, Swedish kust, German Küste, Danish kyst). French also used this word for "hillside, slope," which led to verb meaning "sled downhill," first attested 1775 in American English. Expression the coast is clear (16c.) is an image of landing on a shore unguarded by enemies.
late 14c., "to skirt, to go around the sides, to go along the border" of something (as a ship does the coastline), from Anglo-French costien, from the French source of coast (n.). The meaning "sled downhill," first attested 1775 in American English, is a separate borrowing. Of motor vehicles, "to move without thrust from the engine," by 1925; figurative use, of persons, "not to exert oneself," by 1934. Related: Coasted; coasting.