coast·er | \ ˈkōs-tər \

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

b : roller coaster

Examples of coaster in a Sentence

Set the glass on a coaster.

Recent Examples on the Web

Slinky Dog – and dropped it onto the coaster track. Shelley Caran, ajc, "Everything you need to know about Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios," 29 June 2018 Items include jumpsuits, kimonos, sleep shorts, rompers, maxi dresses, sundresses, sunglasses, jewelry, hand towels, picture frames, coasters and pillows. Joyce Smith, kansascity, "Plaza update: from Eddie Bauer to women's store selling kimonos, rompers, jumpsuits," 1 June 2018 Kois stumbled on a horn coaster set 22 years ago at a Vienna flea market and bought it, flipping the switch on an obsession that now numbers over 1,000 pieces. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "The Family That Has Elevated Everyday Items to Art," 29 May 2018 Even as SeaWorld heads into the crucial summer season with buzz-worthy attractions like San Diego’s new Electric Eel (its tallest, fastest coaster yet), Manby’s successor will face significant challenges. Lori Weisberg,, "Is this the year SeaWorld makes a comeback?," 14 May 2018 Lanza is well known for his line of throwback coasters and wall art, especially his images of the Guardians of Traffic from the Lorain-Carnegie bridge, images of old maps, vintage art and photos from his travels around the world. Allison Carey,, "Six Cleveland Flea vendors who create new, handmade home decor (photos)," 7 May 2018 Park staff evacuated the riders on a walkway alongside the coaster and everyone returned to the ground safely, according to the Times. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Universal Studios Japan roller coaster stalls, leaving riders dangling 100 feet in the air for hours," 2 May 2018 The Flyers’ roller-coaster season, which featured both encouraging and maddening stages, came to a screeching halt Sunday. Sam Carchidi,, "Flyers eliminated from NHL playoffs by Penguins despite Sean Couturier's heroics," 22 Apr. 2018 To celebrate the new coaster, Six Flags will host a Mardi Gras Festival July 28-Aug. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Six Flags opens April 21, new coaster planned later in spring," 10 Apr. 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 \

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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