coast guard

noun

Definition of coast guard

1 : a military or naval force employed in guarding a coast or responsible for the safety, order, and operation of maritime traffic in neighboring waters
2 usually coastguard \ ˈkōs(t)-​ˌgärd How to pronounce coast guard (audio) \, chiefly British : coastguardsman

Examples of coast guard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Port staff were joined by firefighters, coast guard members and marine animal rescue divers. BostonGlobe.com, 10 May 2021 Port staff were joined by firefighters, coast guard members and marine animal rescue divers. Mike Fuller, Star Tribune, 10 May 2021 Three coast guard ships, and six military drones were backing up the hundreds of troops, firefighters and other rescue workers toiling in the rain and fog in search of possible survivors. Anchorage Daily News, 5 July 2021 Three coast guard ships, and six military drones were backing up hundreds of troops, firefighters and others toiling in the rain and fog. Kantaro Komiya And Mari Yamaguchi, USA TODAY, 5 July 2021 Troops, firefighters and other rescue workers, backed by three coast guard ships, were working to clear the mud from the streets of Atami and reach those believed to be trapped or carried away. Fox News, 4 July 2021 Troops, firefighters and other rescue workers, backed by three coast guard ships, were working to clear the mud from the streets of Atami and reach those believed to be trapped or carried away. Kantaro Komiya, ajc, 4 July 2021 The Philippines has a miniscule military compared to China, and its navy is outmatched just by China's large coast guard ships. NBC News, 10 Apr. 2021 The Libyan coast guard comes dangerously close to crashing into the boat several times. Renata Brito, Star Tribune, 1 July 2021

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First Known Use of coast guard

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Jul 2021

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“Coast guard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coast%20guard. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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coast guard

noun

Kids Definition of coast guard

: a military force that guards a coast and helps people on boats and ships that are in trouble

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