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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
coast /koʊst/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
v. [no object]
- the land next to the sea;
seashore:We drove along the coast on Route 1.
- the region next to this land:Up and down the eastern coast the storm raged.
- a slide down a hill or slope, as on a sled.
- to descend or go down, as in a car, on a bicycle, etc., without using power:We cut off the motor and coasted into town.
- to go forward or progress with little effort: In senior year many students want to coast through to graduation.
- Idiomsthe coast is clear, nothing is present to interfere with one's progress:The guard's gone and the coast is clear; forward, men!
(kōst),USA pronunciation n.
- the land next to the sea;
seashore:the rocky coast of Maine.
- the region adjoining it:They live on the coast, a few miles from the sea.
- a hill or slope down which one may slide on a sled.
- a slide or ride down a hill or slope, as on a sled.
- Informal Terms[Obs.]the boundary or border of a country.
- the Coast, [Informal.](in the U.S. and Canada) the region bordering on the Pacific Ocean;
the West Coast:I'm flying out to the Coast next week.
- Idiomsthe coast is clear, no danger or impediment exists;
no persons are in the path or vicinity:The boys waited until the coast was clear before climbing over the wall.
- to slide on a sled down a snowy or icy hillside or incline.
- to descend a hill or the like, as on a bicycle, without using pedals.
- to continue to move or advance after effort has ceased;
keep going on acquired momentum:We cut off the car engine and coasted for a while.
- to advance or proceed with little or no effort, esp. owing to one's actual or former assets, as wealth, position, or name, or those of another:The actor coasted to stardom on his father's name.
- to sail along, or call at the various ports of, a coast.
- [Obs.]to proceed in a roundabout way.
- to cause to move along under acquired momentum:to coast a rocket around the sun.
- to proceed along or near the coast of.
- [Obs.]to keep alongside of (a person moving).
- [Obs.]to go by the side or border of.
- Anglo-French costeier, Old French costoier, derivative of the noun, nominal
- Latin costa rib, side, wall; (verb, verbal) Middle English cost(e)yen, costen
- Anglo-French, Middle French
- (noun, nominal) Middle English cost(e) 1325–75
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged strand, seaside, littoral. See shore1.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
coast /kəʊst/ n
- the line or zone where the land meets the sea or some other large expanse of water
Related adjective(s): littoral
- Brit the seaside
- US a slope down which a sledge may slide
- the act or an instance of sliding down a slope
- the coast is clear ⇒ informal the obstacles or dangers are gone
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French coste coast, slope, from Latin costa side, ribˈcoastal adj
- to move or cause to move by momentum or force of gravity
- (intransitive) to proceed without great effort: to coast to victory
- to sail along (a coast)