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coast

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noun \ˈkōst\

Simple Definition of coast

  • : the land along or near a sea or ocean

  • the Coast : the area along or near the Pacific Ocean

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of coast

  1. 1 :  the land near a shore :  seashore

  2. 2 obsolete :  border, frontier

  3. 3 a :  a hill or slope suited to coasting b :  a slide down a slope (as on a sled)

  4. 4 often capitalized :  the Pacific coast of the United States

  5. 5 :  the immediate area of view —used in the phrase the coast is clear

coastal

play \ˈkōs-təl\ adjective

coastwise

play \ˈkōst-ˌwīz\ adverb or adjective

from coast to coast

  1. :  across an entire nation or continent

Examples of coast in a sentence

  1. He lives on the coast.

  2. He's flying out to the Coast tomorrow.



Origin and Etymology of coast

Middle English cost, from Anglo-French coste, from Latin costa rib, side; akin to Old Church Slavic kostĭ bone


First Known Use: 14th century


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coast

verb

Simple Definition of coast

  • : to move forward using no power or very little power

  • : to move downhill by the force of gravity

  • : to progress or have success without special effort

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of coast

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  to move along or past the side of :  skirt

  3. 2 :  to sail along the shore of

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 a archaic :  to travel on land along a coast or along or past the side of something b :  to sail along the shore

  6. 2 a :  to slide, run, or glide downhill by the force of gravity b :  to move along without or as if without further application of propulsive power (as by momentum or gravity) c :  to proceed easily without special application of effort or concern <coasted through school> —often used with on <a company coasting on its good reputation>

Examples of coast in a sentence

  1. The car coasted to a stop.

  2. The airplane coasted down the runway.

  3. The children coasted on sleds down the snowy hill.

  4. They came coasting down the hill on bicycles.

  5. After taking a big lead, the team coasted to victory.

  6. He was accused of trying to coast through school.

  7. She decided she could coast along without a job for the next few months.

  8. The company is coasting on its good reputation.



14th Century

First Known Use of coast

14th century



COAST Defined for Kids

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coast

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noun \ˈkōst\

Definition of coast for Students

  1. :  the land near a shore




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coast

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verb

Definition of coast for Students

coasted

coasting

  1. 1 :  to move downhill by the force of gravity

  2. 2 :  to sail close to shore along a coast





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