coast·​er | \ ˈkō-stər How to pronounce coaster (audio) \

Definition of coaster

1 : one that coasts: such as
a : a person engaged in coastal traffic or commerce
b : a ship sailing along a coast or engaged in trade between ports of the same country
2 : a resident of a seacoast
3a : a tray or decanter stand usually of silver and sometimes on wheels
b : a shallow container or a plate or mat to protect a surface
4a : a small vehicle (such as a sled or wagon) used in coasting

Examples of coaster in a Sentence

Set the glass on a coaster.

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The coaster speeds through tunnels filled with visual effects from laser beams to a stretching Elastigirl. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Pixar Pier first look: Riding the Incredicoaster at California Adventure," 21 June 2018 According to a release, Holmes spent much of Saturday at Six Flags, where in addition to Batman: The Ride, the actress rode Batman themed-coasters including The Joker, Bizarro, Harley Quinn’s Crazy Train, and The Dark Knight. Nick Vadala,, "'Batman Begins' star Katie Holmes spotted on 'Batman' roller-coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure," 16 Apr. 2018 Almost four years after an epic boom and bust, China’s markets are on another roller-coaster ride, with shares in internet companies and brokerage houses among the most volatile. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, "Bigger Than E*Trade: A Chinese Online Broker Soars," 11 Mar. 2019 Photo: Frank Franklin II/Associated Press Even before this season, Foles’s career in Philadelphia was a roller-coaster unlike any other. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Saint Nick Foles Is Here to Save the Eagles. Again.," 28 Dec. 2018 First opened in 2001, the coaster has become a bit rough in spots, especially during its loop. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disneyland's new Pixar Pier: Is it Incredible?," 10 July 2018 Yet throughout, Giacchino’s score oozes with cartoonish sound effects, perfectly timed as the coaster zooms past each statue to help lend an additional sense of motion. Todd Martens,, "Composer Michael Giacchino brings a sense of motion to Disney's Incredicoaster," 5 July 2018 On Cheetah Hunt, a launch takes the coaster to 60 mph, its top speed. Marjie Lambert, miamiherald, "Who are the real brains behind Disney's Toy Story Land? Not Buzz Lightyear," 29 June 2018 The process is so intricate that Imagineers had been virtually riding the coaster for nearly 3 years before the physical version came together. Mekado Murphy, New York Times, "Walk Among Giants — Woody Included — at Disney World's New Toy Story Land," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of coaster

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of coaster

: a small, flat object on which a glass, cup, or dish is placed to protect the surface of a table
: a ship that sails along a coast or that is used in trade between ports of the same country


coast·​er | \ ˈkō-stər How to pronounce coaster (audio) \

Kids Definition of coaster

1 : a ship that sails or trades along a coast
2 : a small mat on which a glass is placed to protect the surface of a table

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