coast guard


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 Along with the video, the coast guard wrote a caption. Natalia Senanayake, Peoplemag, 23 Aug. 2022 The coast guard took the remaining crew members to Catanzaro. Annabelle Timsit, Washington Post, 22 Aug. 2022 Japan’s coast guard confirmed two apparent missiles landed in the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. Alastair Gale, WSJ, 25 May 2022 Francis was referring to the seven-year-old EU program to train Libya’s coast guard, which patrols the North African country’s Mediterranean coast for migrant smuggling operations and brings the would-be refugees back to shore. Nicole Winfield, ajc, 2 Apr. 2022 Japan’s coast guard issued a warning to vessels in nearby waters, but there were no immediate reports of damage to boats or aircraft. Kim Tong-hyung And Mari Yamaguchi, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Mar. 2022 Shocking footage released by the Italian coast guard shows the vessel, named My Saga, sinking stern-first near the Catanzaro Marina. Natalia Senanayake, Peoplemag, 23 Aug. 2022 Vietnamese officials say a Chinese coast guard ship sank a Vietnamese fishing boat in April near the Paracel Islands, which both nations claim. Chuin-wei Yap, WSJ, 21 Apr. 2021 The Chinese crew told the coast guard the tanker had suddenly veered toward them, the official said. Yuri Kageyama, ajc, 20 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of coast guard

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of coast guard was in 1833

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16 Sep 2022

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“Coast guard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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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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