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coast

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noun \ˈkōst\

Definition of coast

  1. 1 :  the land near a shore :  seashore

  2. 2 obsolete :  border, frontier

  3. 3a :  a hill or slope suited to coastingb :  a slide down a slope (as on a sled)

  4. 4 often capitalized :  the Pacific coast of the U.S.

  5. 5 :  the immediate area of view —used in the phrase the coast is clear

coastal

play \ˈkōs-təl\ adjective

coastwise

play \ˈkōst-ˌwīz\ adverb or adjective

from coast to coast

  1. :  across an entire nation or continent

Examples of coast in a Sentence

  1. He lives on the coast.

  2. He's flying out to the Coast tomorrow.

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Origin and Etymology of coast

Middle English cost, from Anglo-French coste, from Latin costa rib, side; akin to Old Church Slavonic kostĭ bone


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coast

verb

Definition of coast

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  to move along or past the side of :  skirt

  3. 2 :  to sail along the shore of

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1a archaic :  to travel on land along a coast or along or past the side of somethingb :  to sail along the shore

  6. 2a :  to slide, run, or glide downhill by the force of gravityb :  to move along without or as if without further application of propulsive power (as by momentum or gravity)c :  to proceed easily without special application of effort or concern coasted through school —often used with on a company coasting on its good reputation

Examples of coast in a Sentence

  1. The car coasted to a stop.

  2. The airplane coasted down the runway.

  3. The children coasted on sleds down the snowy hill.

  4. They came coasting down the hill on bicycles.

  5. After taking a big lead, the team coasted to victory.

  6. He was accused of trying to coast through school.

  7. She decided she could coast along without a job for the next few months.

  8. The company is coasting on its good reputation.

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First Known Use of coast

14th century



COAST Defined for English Language Learners

coast

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noun

Definition of coast for English Language Learners

  • : the land along or near a sea or ocean

  • the Coast : the area along or near the Pacific Ocean

coast

verb

Definition of coast for English Language Learners

  • : to move forward using no power or very little power

  • : to move downhill by the force of gravity

  • : to progress or have success without special effort


COAST Defined for Kids

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coast

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noun \ˈkōst\

Definition of coast for Students

  1. :  the land near a shore


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coast

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verb

Definition of coast for Students

coasted

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coasting

  1. 1 :  to move downhill by the force of gravity

  2. 2 :  to sail close to shore along a coast



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