Definition of Coast

1. Noun. The shore of a sea or ocean.

Exact synonyms: Sea-coast, Seacoast, Seashore
Specialized synonyms: Barbary Coast, Aeolia, Aeolis, Atlantic Coast, Gulf Coast, Pacific Coast
Specialized synonyms: Litoral, Littoral, Littoral Zone, Sands, Landfall, Seaboard, Seaside, Tideland
Terms within: Foreshore
Generic synonyms: Shore
Derivative terms: Coastal, Coastal

2. Verb. Move effortlessly; by force of gravity.
Specialized synonyms: Freewheel
Generic synonyms: Glide
Derivative terms: Coaster

3. Noun. A slope down which sleds may coast. "When it snowed they made a coast on the golf course"
Generic synonyms: Incline, Side, Slope

4. Noun. The area within view. "The coast is clear"
Generic synonyms: Aspect, Panorama, Prospect, Scene, View, Vista

5. Noun. The act of moving smoothly along a surface while remaining in contact with it. "The children lined up for a coast down the snowy slope"
Exact synonyms: Glide, Slide
Generic synonyms: Motion, Move, Movement
Specialized synonyms: Sideslip, Skid, Slip, Snowboarding
Derivative terms: Glide, Glide, Slide, Slide

Definition of Coast

1. n. The side of a thing.

2. v. i. To draw or keep near; to approach.

3. v. t. To draw near to; to approach; to keep near, or by the side of.

Definition of Coast

1. Noun. (obsolete) The side or edge of something. (defdate 15th-18th c.) ¹

2. Noun. The edge of the land where it meets an ocean, sea, gulf, bay, or large lake. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

3. Noun. (obsolete) A region of land; a district or country. (defdate 14th-17th c.) ¹

4. Noun. (obsolete) A region of the air or heavens. (defdate 14th-17th c.) ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To glide along without adding energy. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive nautical) To sail along a coast ¹

7. Verb. 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. ¹

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Definition of Coast

1. to slide down a hill [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Coast

coast (current term)
coast banksia
coast boykinia
coast fox
coast guard
coast guards
coast lily
coast live oak
coast polypody
coast rat
coast redwood
coast rhododendron
coast white cedar

Literary usage of Coast

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), Norton Shaw, Francis Galton, William Spottiswoode, Clements Robert Markham, Henry Walter Bates, John Scott Keltie (1884)
"Of the northern coast little need be said. France acquired her Algerian Province in 1830-87. Its coast-line extends from the borders of Morocco in long. ..."

2. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero, Ernest Alfred Benians (1902)
"His sailors rounded Cape Palmas, the south-western extremity of North Africa, whence the coast trends to the north-east, passed the " Ivory coast," and ..."

3. Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative by Richard Henry Dana (1911)
"Upper California has the seat of its government at Monterey, where is also the custom-house, the only one on the coast, and at which every vessel intending ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1886)
"As the water of the upper strata, however, is thus pressed over against the coast of Europe, its surface does not assume a gradient of static equilibrium ..."

5. Encyclopaedia Britannica, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"GOLD coast, that portion of the Guinea coast (West Africa) which extends from Assini upon the west to the river Volta on the east. ..."

6. Proceedings by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), Norton Shaw, Francis Galton, William Spottiswoode, Clements Robert Markham, Henry Walter Bates, John Scott Keltie (1883)
"England, west coast :—Formby point to the firth of Castellón de la Plana road. ... North America, east coast :—Sapelo sound to Florida and Providence ..."

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