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 coastguard (audio) \, chiefly British : coastguardsman

Examples of coast guard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One survivor was found during a rescue operation by Mauritania's coast guard and brought to Nouadhibou, the U.N. agencies for migration and refugees said. Carley Petesch, Star Tribune, "27 dead after migrant boat capsizes off West African coast," 7 Aug. 2020 Jones’ time on the coast and near the border gave him experience with cooperating with other agencies, often federal ones like border patrol, the navy and coast guard. Matt Wyatt, ExpressNews.com, "Col. Chad Jones brings vision, experience to lead Texas game wardens," 6 Aug. 2020 Japan's coast guard said the two Chinese intrusions since Thursday -- lasting 30 hours and 40 hours respectively -- are the longest spans Chinese government ships have ever spent inside Japanese waters around the islands. Brad Lendon And Yoko Wakatsuki, CNN, "Japan says Chinese ships spend record time violating its territorial waters," 6 July 2020 More than 40,000 defense troops, the coast guard and fire brigades were taking part in the operation. Time, "Floods in Southern Japan Leave at Least 34 Dead, Including Many at Nursing Homes," 5 July 2020 Vietnam protested in April after a Chinese coast guard ship rammed and sank a boat with eight fishermen off the Paracel Islands. Fox News, "GOP senator claims China is using coronavirus pandemic to make power grabs in Asia," 29 June 2020 Vietnam protested in April after a Chinese coast guard ship rammed and sank a boat with eight fishermen off the Paracel Islands. Fox News, "GOP senator claims China is using coronavirus pandemic to make power grabs in Asia," 29 June 2020 Vietnam protested in April after a Chinese coast guard ship rammed and sank a boat with eight fishermen off the Paracel Islands. Washington Post, "ASEAN takes position vs China’s vast historical sea claims," 27 June 2020 By Monday, those sightings had reached 70 days in a row, with Japan's coast guard saying four Chinese ships were in the area as the vote was taking place in Okinawa. Brad Lendon And Junko Ogura, CNN, "Vote in Japan to change status of disputed islands threatens to raises tensions with China," 21 June 2020

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First Known Use of coast guard

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Aug 2020

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“Coast guard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coast%20guard. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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