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Coast Guard

U.S. Military. a military service under the Department of Transportation, which in peacetime enforces maritime laws, saves lives and property at sea, and maintains aids to navigation, and which in wartime may be placed under the Navy Department to augment the navy.
(lowercase) any similar organization for aiding navigation, preventing smuggling, etc.
(lowercase). Also called coastguardsman. a member of any such organization.
Origin of Coast Guard
1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • A week later the swallows fell to stringing themselves like beads along the coastguard's telephone-wire on the hill.

    From a Cornish Window Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • He will get into trouble one of these days with the coastguard people, I tell him.

  • The faint hope that it might prove to be a coastguard was soon dispelled.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • She wondered if it was her duty to tell the coastguard all that she and Alan suspected.

  • "You are right there, miss," said one of the coastguard men.

    Girls New and Old L. T. Meade
  • Here the men of the coastguard had set up the rocket apparatus.

    The Thorogood Family R.M. Ballantyne
  • "I'm not missing anything else, though," replied the coastguard.

    New Treasure Seekers E. (Edith) Nesbit
  • But these bold men of the coastguard are not often or easily foiled.

    The Coxswain's Bride R.M. Ballantyne
  • Plunder, wholesale plunder, appeared to be the order of the day, in spite of contingents of coastguard men.

    Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie
  • This engine, however, is in the hands of Government, and is managed by the coastguard.

    Battles with the Sea R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for coastguard


a maritime force which aids shipping, saves lives at sea, prevents smuggling, etc
Also called coastguardsman. a member of such a force
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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