verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

Nearby words

  1. coarse fish,
  2. coarse-grained,
  3. coarsen,
  4. coarser,
  5. coarticulation,
  6. coast artillery,
  7. coast guard,
  8. coast is clear, the,
  9. coast live oak,
  10. coast mountains


    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

1325–75; (noun) Middle English cost(e) < Anglo-French, Middle French < Latin costa rib, side, wall; (v.) Middle English cost(e)yen, costen < Anglo-French costeier, Old French costoier, derivative of the noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for coast

British Dictionary definitions for coast



  1. the line or zone where the land meets the sea or some other large expanse of water
  2. (in combination)coastland
Related adjective: littoral
British the seaside
  1. a slope down which a sledge may slide
  2. 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)
Derived Formscoastal, adjectivecoastally, adverb

Word Origin for coast

C13: from Old French coste coast, slope, from Latin costa side, rib

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Word Origin and History for coast
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