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What does coast mean?
As a noun, coast most commonly refers to the land next to the sea or ocean, or the region near it. As a verb, coast often means to move along smoothly or without much effort, but it is used differently in different contexts.
Coast has many specific definitions, but they are all related to one of these two main meanings.
Example: During our bike ride, we coasted down the mountain road, where you can see almost the entire coast of the island.
Where does coast come from?
The first records of the word coast in English comes from the 1300s. The noun form is a derivative of the Middle English word cost(e), which came from the Latin word costa, meaning “side” or “wall.” The verb form can be traced back to the same Latin word and once meant “to travel along the side or border (of a place).”
The coast is where the ocean or sea meets the land. The outline that’s formed at the border of the land is called the coastline. Coast is usually used for very large bodies of water—you typically wouldn’t use coast to refer to the banks of a small lake. The use of coast as a noun is often extended to the land around the coastline (as in a house on the coast, with a view of the beach). It is sometimes then further extended to the entire region around the coast (as in the East Coast and West Coast of the United States).
As a verb, to coast often means to travel forward using only momentum, as opposed to an external form of propulsion. For example, when you coast in a car, you keep moving without pushing down on the accelerator pedal (that is, you don’t use the motor to propel the car). When you coast on a bike, you keep moving without pedaling. In both of these cases, coasting is typically done when moving downhill or on a flat surface. To coast in a small boat like a kayak, you first need to row, unless the current is strong enough to carry you along.
This meaning of coast inspired its figurative sense—”to proceed without effort.” For example, someone who’s coasting at work has stopped working hard and is instead getting by without doing much, perhaps by relying on their past efforts or by taking advantage of the work of others. (This a lot like taking one’s foot off the gas pedal in a car or just drifting downhill on a bike without pedaling.)
Somewhat similarly, if a person or team coasts to victory in a game or competition, it means they were able to win easily, without needing to put forth maximum effort.
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How is coast used in real life?
As a noun, coast can refer to the shoreline, or the land around it, or the entire region the borders it. As a verb, coast is used literally when traveling in a vehicle using only forward momentum, or figuratively when proceeding without much effort.
Anyone else have hobbies that they can only do at certain times? I love surfing so so so much, but I live in the centre of Ireland, and can pretty much only do it in the summer, where I basically move to the coast for the three months.
— Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt (@Real__Artemis) February 21, 2020
Once, all the dials changed to zero while I was on the highway and I had to coast until an exit because it wouldn't start again #MyWorstCar
— Lauren Beauregard (@laureliz12) April 2, 2014
we won't be able to coast.
won't be able to go through the motions.
because the motions are too important.
live music is alive.
— tyler jøseph (@tylerrjoseph) June 2, 2016
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Endangered humpback dolphins have been spotted in Abu Dhabi and other varieties off the coast of Lagos.Is Maritime Piracy Back from the Dead?|Eromo Egbejule|August 25, 2020|Ozy
Michael had sold the place and moved to the coast a few years earlier.Investors ride the Big Tech rally even as COVID cases and unemployment spike|Bernhard Warner|August 21, 2020|Fortune
Ice near the heart of the continent today creeps coastward at less than 10 meters per year, while ice close to the coast picks up the pace, traveling up to a few kilometers per year.50 years ago, scientists clocked the speed of Antarctic ice|Maria Temming|August 20, 2020|Science News
Most of the funding goes to the coasts, as opposed to the center of the country.A Power Couple With a $50M Venture Fund for the Overlooked|Nick Fouriezos|August 14, 2020|Ozy
Back east, where he grew up, the highways weren't this bad, but that's what you pay to live on the best coast, as his grom friends always say.Is There A Difference Between East Coast And West Coast Slang?|Candice Bradley|August 7, 2020|Everything After Z
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|William Boot|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This approach would greatly limit his appeal beyond the Northeast and the west coast.Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats|Joel Kotkin|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There are still large tracts of the island, particularly on the north coast, that are undeveloped.Goodbye, Bahamas. Hello, Havana!|Clive Irving|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So too does Inherent Vice, which is something like a love letter written in pot smoke to the Gold Coast.Paul Thomas Anderson: The West Coast’s Scorsese|Nick Schager|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
White King Soap sponsored the show on the West Coast, and Beech-Nut Gum in the East.The Flying Sorcery of Dr. Strange: Benedict Cumberbatch Is Marvel's Most Bizarre Magician|Rich Goldstein|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Two Battalions racing due North along the coast and foothills with levelled bayonets.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
Every day they are gaining more strength, as is seen by the presence of so many of them on this coast.
New France has an exceedingly varied sea-coast, indented by bays and rivers, broken and irregular.
A traveler coming, wet and cold, into a country ale-house on the coast of Kent, found the fire completely blockaded.
Their territory extended 400 miles on the Atlantic coast, and "from the Atlantic westward to the South sea."The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
British Dictionary definitions for coast
- 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