Coast

Definition of Coast

Pronunciation: kōst
n.1.The side of a thing.
2.The exterior line, limit, or border of a country; frontier border.
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.
There are no obstacles.
- Dryden.
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.
- Sir P. Sidney.
b - The force employed in life-saving stations along the seacoast.
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.
v. i.1.To draw or keep near; to approach.
[imp. & p. p. Coasted; p. pr. & vb. n. Coasting.]
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.To slide down hill; to slide on a sled, upon snow or ice.
v. t.1.To draw near to; to approach; to keep near, or by the side of.
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.
The Indians . . . coasted me along the river.
- Hakluyt.

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