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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Coast \Coast\ (k[=o]st), noun [OF. coste, F. c[^o]te, rib, hill, shore, coast, L. costa rib, side. Cf. {Accost}, verb (used with an object), {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} (Zool.), 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.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Coast \Coast\ (k[=o]st), verb (used without an object) [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}, noun]

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.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Coast \Coast\, verb (used with an object)

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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

coast

noun

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}]

verb

1: move effortlessly; by force of gravity


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