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Coast definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

COAST, n.
1. The exterior line, limit or border of a country, as in Scripture. From the river to the uttermost sea shall your coast be. Deutoronomy 11. And ships shall come from the coast of Chittim. Numbers 24. Hence the word may signify the whole country within certain limits. Exo
10:4.
2. The edge or margin of the land next to the sea; the sea-shore. This is the more common application of the word; and it seems to be used for sea-coast, the border of the sea. Hence it is never used for the bank of a river.
3. A side; applied to objects indefinitely, by Bacon and Newton. This is a correct use of the word, but now obsolete.
4. The country near the sea-shore; as, populous towns along the coast.
The coast is clear, is a proverbial phrase signifying, the danger is over; the enemies have marched off, or left the coast.
COAST, v.i.
1. To sail near a coast; to sail by or near the shore, or in sight of land.
The ancients coasted only in their navigation.
2. To sail from port to port in the same country.
COAST, v.t.
1. To sail by or near to; as, to coast the American shore.
2. To draw near; to approach; to follow.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: the shore of a sea or ocean [syn: seashore, coast, seacoast, sea-coast]
2: a slope down which sleds may coast; "when it snowed they made a coast on the golf course"
3: the area within view; "the coast is clear"
4: 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" [syn: slide, glide, coast] v
1: move effortlessly; by force of gravity

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English cost, from Anglo-French coste, from Latin costa rib, side; akin to Old Church Slavic kost? bone Date: 14th century 1. the land near a shore ; seashore 2. obsolete border, frontier 3. a. a hill or slope suited to coasting b. a slide down a slope (as on a sled) 4. often capitalized the Pacific coast of the United States 5. the immediate area of view used in the phrase the coast is clear coastal adjective coastwise adverb or adjective II. verb Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. obsolete to move along or past the side of ; skirt 2. to sail along the shore of intransitive verb 1. a. archaic to travel on land along a coast or along or past the side of something b. to sail along the shore 2. a. to slide, run, or glide downhill by the force of gravity b. 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>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a the border of the land near the sea; the seashore. b (the Coast) US the Pacific coast of the US. 2 a a run, usu. downhill, on a bicycle without pedalling or in a motor vehicle without using the engine. b US a toboggan slide or slope. --v.intr. 1 ride or move, usu. downhill, without use of power, free-wheel. 2 make progress without much effort. 3 US slide down a hill on a toboggan. 4 a sail along the coast. b trade between ports on the same coast. Phrases and idioms: the coast is clear there is no danger of being observed or caught. coast-to-coast across an island or continent. Derivatives: coastal adj. Etymology: ME f. OF coste, costeier f. L costa rib, flank, side

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Coast Coast, n. [OF. coste, F. c[^o]te, rib, hill, shore, coast, L. costa rib, side. Cf. Accost, v. t., Cutlet.] 1. The side of a thing. [Obs.] --Sir I. Newton. 2. The exterior line, limit, or border of a country; frontier border. [Obs.] From the river, the river Euphrates, even to the uttermost sea, shall your coast be. --Deut. xi. 24. 3. The seashore, or land near it. He sees in English ships the Holland coast. --Dryden. We the Arabian coast do know At distance, when the species blow. --Waller. The coast is clear, the danger is over; no enemy in sight. --Dryden. Fig.: There are no obstacles. ``Seeing that the coast was clear, Zelmane dismissed Musidorus.'' --Sir P. Sidney. Coast guard. (a) A body of men originally employed along the coast to prevent smuggling; now, under the control of the admiralty, drilled as a naval reserve. [Eng.] (b) The force employed in life-saving stations along the seacoast. [U. S.] Coast rat (Zo["o]l.), a South African mammal (Bathyergus suillus), about the size of a rabbit, remarkable for its extensive burrows; -- called also sand mole. Coast waiter, a customhouse officer who superintends the landing or shipping of goods for the coast trade. [Eng.]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Coast Coast, v. t. 1. To draw near to; to approach; to keep near, or by the side of. [Obs.] --Hakluyt. 2. To sail by or near; to follow the coast line of. Nearchus, . . . not knowing the compass, was fain to coast that shore. --Sir T. Browne. 3. To conduct along a coast or river bank. [Obs.] The Indians . . . coasted me along the river. --Hakluyt.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Coast Coast, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Coasted; p. pr. & vb. n. Coasting.] [OE. costien, costeien, costen, OF. costier, costoier, F. c[^o]toyer, fr. Of. coste coast, F. c[^o]te. See Coast, n.] 1. To draw or keep near; to approach. [Obs.] Anon she hears them chant it lustily, And all in haste she coasteth to the cry. --Shak. 2. To sail by or near the shore. The ancients coasted only in their navigation. --Arbuthnot. 3. To sail from port to port in the same country. 4. [Cf. OF. coste, F. c[^o]te, hill, hillside.] To slide down hill; to slide on a sled, upon snow or ice. [Local, U. S.]

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(coasts, coasting, coasted) Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. The coast is an area of land that is next to the sea. Camp sites are usually situated along the coast, close to beaches. ...the west coast of Scotland. N-COUNT: oft adj N, N of n 2. If a vehicle coasts somewhere, it continues to move there with the motor switched off, or without being pushed or pedalled. I switched off the engine and coasted round the corner. VERB: V prep/adv 3. If you say that the coast is clear, you mean that there is nobody around to see you or catch you. You can come out now,' he called. 'The coast is clear. She's gone.' PHRASE: V inflects

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

kost (gebhul, etc., "boundary"; compare gebhal, "mountain" and Arabic jebel, "mountain"; chebhel, literally, "a rope"; compare Arabic chabl (Jos 19:29 the King James Version; Zec 2:5,6,7); choph, literally, "that which is washed"; compare Arabic chaffet (Jos 9:1 the King James Version; Eze 25:16); paralios, literally, "by the sea" (Lu 6:17)): "Coast" (from Latin costa, "rib" or "side") in the sense of "seacoast," occurs but a few times in the Bible. In nearly all the many passages where the King James Version has "coast," the Revised Version (British and American) correctly has "border," i.e. "boundary," translating gebhul, etc.; in Ac 27:2 the American Standard Revised Version, "coast" is the translation of topos, literally, "place." That the seacoast is but seldom mentioned arises naturally from the fact that, while the promised land extended to the sea, the coast was never effectively occupied by the Israelites. RVm in a number of places renders 'i English Versions of the Bible "isle" or "island" (which see), by "coastland," e.g. Isa 11:11; 23:6; 24:15; 59:18; Jer 25:22; Eze 39:6; Da 11:18; Ze 2:11. In Isa 20:6, the King James Version has "isle," the King James Version margin "country," and the Revised Version (British and American) "coast-land." In Jer 47:4, the King James Version has "country," the King James Version marginand the Revised Version (British and American) "isle," and the Revised Version, margin "sea-coast."

See ISLE.

Alfred Ely Day

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. 1. (Rare.) Border, frontier. 2. Shore, beach, strand, seaboard, seaside, sea-coast. II. v. n. 1. Sail along the coast. 2. Slide down hill (on a sled).

Moby Thesaurus

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