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

First recorded in 1685–95; coast + -wise
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for coastwise

Historical Examples

  • Of course I could see that she was pot-bellied, like the rest of the coastwise sisterhood.

    The Best Short Stories of 1915


  • Her coastwise and foreign trade have already been discussed.

  • Then there was the question of tolls, and the exemption of American coastwise traffic.

    The Panama Canal

    Frederic Jennings Haskin

  • Establishment of better facilities for coastwise transportation.

    Industrial Cuba

    Robert P. Porter

  • A position as assistant steward was obtained for him on a coastwise vessel.