verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- coarse fish,
- coast artillery,
- coast guard,
- coast is clear, the,
- coast live oak,
- coast mountains
Origin of coast
Examples from the Web for coast
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In addition to Cornyn and Abbott, George P. Bush will likely coast to victory.
By 2008, his planes were shuttling staff and surgical equipment from coast to coast.
He set off from the coast of Senegal in a 24ft homemade rowboat.Victor Mooney’s Epic Adventure for His Dead Brother|Justin Jones|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The King subsequently sailed on his intended visit to the sister island, and arrived off the coast in due course.Memoirs of the Court of George IV. 1820-1830 (Vol 1)|Duke of Buckingham and Chandos
Along the coast of Algeria the heat is tempered by the sea breeze.The World and Its People: Book VII|Anna B. Badlam
It then forms the divide between the Cauca and Atrato valleys, and terminates near the Caribbean coast.
I happened to be on leave with the missus at Havley, which is only twelve miles or so along the coast.Trent's Last Case|E.C. (Edmund Clerihew) Bentley
The night on which we entered the Gulf Stream, off the coast of the Carolinas, the weather was exceedingly suspicious.Jack in the Forecastle|John Sherburne Sleeper
- the line or zone where the land meets the sea or some other large expanse of water
- (in combination)coastland
- a slope down which a sledge may slide
- the act or an instance of sliding down a slope
Word Origin 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.