coast·​er | \ ˈkō-stər \

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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Charlie Pickering, Assistant Supervisor for Ride Maintenance at SeaWorld Orlando walks to the top of the park's coasters to check its safety. Bill Zimmerman,, "Orlando jobs at theme parks can be fun, strange or both," 18 June 2018 This is the same technology that has been growing in recent years to make coasters and other tchotchkes. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "3D-printed (and CNC-milled) guns: Nine questions you were too afraid to ask," 5 Aug. 2018 That’s one reason Imagineers re-imagined the California Screamin' coaster at Disneyland's California Adventure. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Pixar Pier first look: Riding the Incredicoaster at California Adventure," 21 June 2018 Edie Parker Custom Coasters Protect your new table with something personalized, like Edie Parker’s bespoke acrylic coasters. David Thielebeule, WSJ, "Style Director David Thielebeule’s Gift Guide: The Great Indoors," 11 Dec. 2018 Yes, my coasters are very pretty, thank you for noticing! Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "If You Don’t Use A Coaster In My House, You Have To Venmo Me $5," 20 Nov. 2018 Silver Dollar City, the theme park in Branson, Mo., made history this year by launching their Time Traveler coaster, the world’s fastest, steepest, and tallest complete-circuit spinning roller coaster. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Silver Dollar City theme park offers old-fashioned fun and thrills," 25 Apr. 2018 But the shares then shot up and recovered after hours in a roller-coaster ride for investors. Russell Gold, WSJ, "California to Conduct Wide-Ranging Review of PG&E, Including Possible Breakup," 15 Nov. 2018 In some respects, the roller-coaster ride was just beginning. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Midterm coverage was a roller-coaster ride of dips and dives," 7 Nov. 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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