A portion of the California coast.
- The definition of coast means land along the ocean.
An example of a coast is a beach.
- Coast means to sail along or near an oceanside, to slide down an incline.
- An example of coast is to ride a sailboat through the waters near a beach.
- An example of coast is to sled down a hill.
- land alongside the sea; seashore
- Obs. frontier; borderland
Origin of coast< CdnFr, hillside, slope an incline down which a slide is taken
- a slide or ride, as on a sled going down an incline by the force of gravity
Origin of coastMiddle English coste, coast from OFr, a rib, hill, shore, coast from Classical Latin costa, a rib, side
- to sail near or along a coast, esp. from port to port
- to go down an incline, as on a sled
- to continue in motion on momentum or by the force of gravity after propelling power has stopped
- to continue without serious effort, letting one's past efforts carry one along
the coast is clear
- a. Land next to the sea; the seashore.b. The water near this land: fish of the Atlantic coast.c. Coast The Pacific coast of the United States.
- A hill or other slope down which one may coast, as on a sled.
- The act of sliding or coasting; slide.
- Obsolete The frontier or border of a country.
verbcoast·ed, coast·ing, coasts
- a. To slide down an incline through the effect of gravity.b. To move without use of propelling power. See Synonyms at slide.
- To act or move aimlessly or with little effort: coasted for a few weeks before applying for a job.
- Nautical To sail near or along a coast.
Origin of coastMiddle English coste from Old French from Latin costa side ; see kost- in Indo-European roots.
- The edge of the land where it meets an ocean, sea, gulf, bay, or large lake. [from 14th c.]
- The rocky coast of Maine has few beaches.
- 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.ii.3:
- P. Crescentius, in his lib. 1 de agric. cap. 5, is very copious in this subject, how a house should be wholesomely sited, in a good coast, good air, wind, etc.
(third-person singular simple present coasts, present participle coasting, simple past and past participle coasted)
- (intransitive) To glide along without adding energy.
- When I ran out of gas, fortunately I managed to coast into a nearby gas station.
- (intransitive, nautical) To sail along a coast.
- Applied to human behavior, to make a minimal effort, to continue to do something in a routine way. This implies lack of initiative and effort.
- (US, dialect) To slide downhill; to slide on a sled upon snow or ice.