[ kohst-wahyz ]

  1. along the coast: We sailed coastwise for days before finding a harbor.

  1. following the coast.

Origin of coastwise

First recorded in 1685–95; coast + -wise

Words Nearby coastwise Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use coastwise in a sentence

  • Enrollment is the term used to describe the registry of a vessel engaged in coastwise or inland navigation or commerce.

  • So much for that terrible gale from the Gulf, which, as we afterward learned, did much damage to coastwise shipping.

  • When he had his money, he rose to go, to catch the coastwise steamer which touched the Inlet's head that afternoon.

    The Hidden Places | Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Therefore, a coastwise schooner harbors only transients, for whom the fo'cas'le is merely a shelter between watches.

    Blow The Man Down | Holman Day
  • Like occurrences took place at other coastwise towns; and, in every case, the militia proved powerless to check the enemy.