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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

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

coast·al play \ˈkōs-təl\ adjective
coast·wise play \ˈkōst-ˌwīz\ adverb or adjective
from coast to coast
  1. :  across an entire nation or continent

Examples of coast

  1. He lives on the coast.

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

Origin 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




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

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

  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

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