Coast meaning

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The definition of coast means land along the ocean.

An example of a coast is a beach.

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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.

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The act of sliding or coasting; slide.
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The frontier or border of a country.
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A hill or other slope down which one may coast, as on a sled.
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To act or move aimlessly or with little effort.

Coasted for a few weeks before applying for a job.

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To sail near or along a coast.
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To sail or move along the coast or border of.
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Land alongside the sea; seashore.
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Frontier; borderland.
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An incline down which a slide is taken.
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A slide or ride, as on a sled going down an incline by the force of gravity.
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To sail near or along a coast, esp. from port to port.
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To go down an incline, as on a sled.
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To continue in motion on momentum or by the force of gravity after propelling power has stopped.
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To continue without serious effort, letting one's past efforts carry one along.
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To sail along or near the coast of.
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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.

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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.

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(intransitive) To glide along without adding energy.

When I ran out of gas, fortunately I managed to coast into a nearby gas station.

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(intransitive, nautical) To sail along a coast.
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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.
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(US, dialect) To slide downhill; to slide on a sled upon snow or ice.
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the Coast
  • In the U.S., the Pacific coast.
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the coast is clear
  • There is no apparent danger of being caught or observed.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of coast

  • Middle English coste from Old French from Latin costa side kost- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English and Old French coste, from Latin costa (“edge”).
    From Wiktionary