coast guard

noun

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 chiefly British : coastguardsman

Examples of coast guard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the most recent confrontation two weeks ago, a Chinese coast guard vessel used a water cannon against a Philippine boat, shattering its glass panel and injuring four Filipino sailors. Kathleen Magramo, CNN, 20 Mar. 2024 Taiwan sent four coast guard vessels and its Chinese counterpart six to participate in the rescue effort, the coast guard said. Reuters, NBC News, 14 Mar. 2024 Earlier this week, a Chinese coast guard ship fired water cannons at a Philippine coast guard vessel, shattering a windscreen and injuring four personnel, Philippine authorities said. Regine Cabato, Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2024 Our county teams and coast guard are heading out now to investigate. Laylan Connelly, Orange County Register, 8 Mar. 2024 In the second case, also early Saturday, the coast guard was informed that people had landed on a beach on the island of Rhodes. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 12 Feb. 2024 Japan's coast guard reported that the projectile fell into the sea. Andrea Vacchiano, Fox News, 1 Apr. 2024 Chinese media publicized last week that the coast guard had also recently participated in training with naval ships under the Eastern Theater Command — the military area that encompasses Taiwan. Amy Chang Chien, New York Times, 24 Mar. 2024 But the living conditions on the coast guard vessel are still far better than on the wreck of the Sierra Madre. Rebecca Wright, CNN, 6 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of coast guard was in 1833

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“Coast guard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coast%20guard. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

coast guard

noun
1
: a seagoing force for protecting a coast and people and property at sea
2
usually coastguard chiefly British : coastguardsman

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