What does coast mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. seashore, coast, seacoast, sea-coastnoun

    the shore of a sea or ocean

  2. coastnoun

    a slope down which sleds may coast

    "when it snowed they made a coast on the golf course"

  3. coastnoun

    the area within view

    "the coast is clear"

  4. slide, glide, coastverb

    the act of moving smoothly along a surface while remaining in contact with it

    "his slide didn't stop until the bottom of the hill"; "the children lined up for a coast down the snowy slope"

  5. coastverb

    move effortlessly; by force of gravity


  1. coastnoun

    The side or edge of something.

  2. coastnoun

    The edge of the land where it meets the sea; the shoreline or oceanfront.

  3. coastnoun

    A region of land; a district or country.

  4. coastnoun

    A region of the air or heavens.

  5. coastverb

    To glide along without adding energy.

    When I ran out of gas, fortunately I managed to coast into a nearby gas station.

  6. coastverb

    To sail along a coast

  7. coastverb

    Applied to human behavior, to make a minimal effort, to continue to do something in a routine way. This implies lack of initiative and effort.

  8. Etymology: From and coste, from costa.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. COASTnoun

    Etymology: coste, Fr. costa, Latin.

    He sees in English ships the Holland coast. Dryden.

    Some kind of virtue, lodged in some sides of the crystal, inclines and bends the rays towards the coast, of unusual refraction; otherwise the rays would not be refracted towards that coast rather than any other coast, both at their incidence and at their emergence, so as to emerge by a contrary situation of the coast. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    Going out, and seeing that the coast was clear, Zelmane dismissed Musidorus. Philip Sidney.

    The royal spy, when now the coast was clear,
    Sought not the garden, but retir’d unseen. Dryden.

  2. To Coastverb

    To sail by; to sail near to.

    Nearchus, the admiral of Alexander, not knowing the compass, was fain to coast that shore. Thomas Browne, Vulg. Errours.

    The greatest entertainment we found in coasting it, were the several prospects of woods, vineyards, meadows, and cornfields which lie on the borders of it. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

  3. To Coastverb

    To sail close by the coast; to sail within sight of land.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    But steer my vessel with a steady hand,
    And coast along the shore in sight of land. John Dryden, Virgil.

    The antients coasted only in their navigation, seldom taking the open sea. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.


  1. coast

    A coast refers to the area where land meets the sea or ocean. It forms the boundary between the landmass and the water body and is characterized by features such as beaches, bays, cliffs, and marshes. It can also include man-made structures such as ports or harbors. Coasts are significant for various reasons including tourism, fishing, and trade.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Coastverb

    the side of a thing

  2. Coastverb

    the exterior line, limit, or border of a country; frontier border

  3. Coastverb

    the seashore, or land near it

  4. Coastnoun

    to draw or keep near; to approach

  5. Coastnoun

    to sail by or near the shore

  6. Coastnoun

    to sail from port to port in the same country

  7. Coastnoun

    to slide down hill; to slide on a sled, upon snow or ice

  8. Coastverb

    to draw near to; to approach; to keep near, or by the side of

  9. Coastverb

    to sail by or near; to follow the coast line of

  10. Coastverb

    to conduct along a coast or river bank

  11. Etymology: [OF. coste, F. cte, rib, hill, shore, coast, L. costa rib, side. Cf. Accost, v. t., Cutlet.]


  1. Coast

    A coastline or seashore is the area where land meets the sea or ocean. A precise line that can be called a coastline cannot be determined due to the dynamic nature of tides. The term "coastal zone" can be used instead, which is a spatial zone where interaction of the sea and land processes occurs. Both the terms coast and coastal are often used to describe a geographic location or region; for example, New Zealand's West Coast, or the East and West Coasts of the United States. A pelagic coast refers to a coast which fronts the open ocean, as opposed to a more sheltered coast in a gulf or bay. A shore, on the other hand, can refer to parts of the land which adjoin any large body of water, including oceans and lakes. Similarly, the somewhat related term "bank" refers to the land alongside or sloping down to a river or to a body of water smaller than a lake. "Bank" is also used in some parts of the world to refer to an artificial ridge of earth intended to retain the water of a river or pond; in other places this may be called a levee. While many scientific experts might agree on a common definition of the term "coast", the delineation of the extents of a coast differ according to jurisdiction, with many scientific and government authorities in various countries differing for economic and social policy reasons.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Coast

    kōst, n. side or border of land next the sea: the seashore: limit or border of a country.—v.i. to sail along or near a coast: to travel downhill on a bicycle with the feet on the foot-rests.—v.t. to sail by or near to.—ns. Coast′er, a vessel that sails along the coast; Coast′-guard, a body of men organised to act as a guard along the coast, originally intended to prevent smuggling.—adj. Coast′ing, keeping near the coast: trading between ports in the same country.—n. the act of sailing, or of trading, along the coast: advances towards acquaintance, courtship: riding downhill on a bicycle with the feet up.—ns. Coast′-line, the line or boundary of a coast: shore-line; Coast′-wait′er, a custom-house officer who waits upon and superintends the cargoes of vessels engaged in the coasting trade.—advs. Coastward, -s, toward the coast; Coast′wise, along the coast.—adj. carried on along the coast. [O. Fr. coste (Fr. côte)—L. costa, a rib, side.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. coast

    The sea-shore and the adjoining country; in fact, the sea-front of the land. (See SHORE.)

Editors Contribution

  1. coast

    An area of land at a sea or ocean.

    The coast is beautiful to walk along at any time of the year.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 15, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. COAST

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Coast is ranked #45804 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Coast surname appeared 466 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Coast.

    87.5% or 408 total occurrences were White.
    5.5% or 26 total occurrences were Black.
    3.8% or 18 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.7% or 8 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'coast' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2242

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'coast' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2732

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'coast' in Nouns Frequency: #931

Anagrams for coast »

  1. tacos

  2. octas

  3. ascot

  4. catso

  5. coats

  6. costa

  7. tacso

  8. tasco

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of coast in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of coast in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of coast in a Sentence

  1. Louise Martin:

    Congratulations Gold Coast, congratulations Queensland and congratulations Australia, you have truly delivered a golden Games for the Commonwealth.

  2. Garry Bickett:

    Anybody who's spent any time out in the ocean in North Carolina knows about the Frying Pan Tower, it's a fixture of the coast.

  3. Joe Kan:

    MUOS is going to bring a lot of capability, it’s a very pervasive system, used by all the services – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and other partners.

  4. Juan Manuel:

    I have ordered the suspension of operations on the Pacific coast. We have confidence that General Alzate and his companions will be returned on Saturday.

  5. Gideon McKean:

    They got into a canoe, intending simply to retrieve the ball, and somehow got pushed by wind or tide into the open bay, about 30 minutes later they were spotted by an onlooker from land, who saw them far out from shore, and called the police. After that last sighting, they were not seen again. The Coast Guard recovered their canoe, which was capsized and miles away, at approximately 6:30( Thursday) evening.

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