coast guard
noun Date: 1833 1. a military or naval force employed in guarding a coast or responsible for the safety, order, and operation of maritime traffic in neighboring waters 2. (usually coastguard) chiefly British coastguardsman

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  • Coast guard — Guard Guard, n. [OF. guarde, F. garde; of German origin; cf. OHG. wart, warto, one who watches, warta a watching, Goth. wardja watchman. See {Guard}, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. One who, or that which, guards from injury, danger, exposure, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coast guard — n. 1. a) a governmental force employed to defend a nation s coasts, prevent smuggling, aid vessels in distress, maintain lighthouses, etc. b) [C G ] such a branch of the U.S. armed forces, under the control of the Department of Transportation or …   English World dictionary

  • Coast guard — Coast Coast (k[=o]st), 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. [1913 Webster] 2. The exterior line, limit, or border of a country;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Coast Guard — n the Coast Guard a military organization in the US that is in charge of watching for ships in danger and preventing illegal activities in the ocean …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Coast Guard — Coast′ Guard n. 1) mil a U.S. military service charged with enforcing maritime laws, saving lives and property at sea, etc., and which in wartime may augment the navy 2) (l.c.) any similar organization for aiding navigation, preventing smuggling …   From formal English to slang

  • Coast guard — For the 2002 South Korean film, see The Coast Guard (film). U.S. Coast Guard medium endurance cutter Vigilant (WMEC 617) …   Wikipedia

  • Coast Guard — Emblem der amerikanischen Küstenwache Flagge …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Coast Guard — 1. U.S. Mil. a military service under the Department of Transportation, which in peacetime enforces maritime laws, saves lives and property at sea, and maintains aids to navigation, and which in wartime may be placed under the Navy Department to… …   Universalium

  • Coast Guard — US Coast Guard Armoiries de l USCG Le United States Coast Guard (USCG), le corps des garde côtes des États Unis, est un organisme fédéral à qui est dévolue l action de l état en mer (application de la loi en mer et des règlements maritimes,… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Coast Guard — The Coast Guard is responsible for enforcing Federal laws on the high seas and navigable waters of the United States and its possessions. Navigation and vessel inspection laws are specific responsibilities. Under provisions of the Federal Boating …   Black's law dictionary

  • Coast Guard — The Coast Guard is responsible for enforcing Federal laws on the high seas and navigable waters of the United States and its possessions. Navigation and vessel inspection laws are specific responsibilities. Under provisions of the Federal Boating …   Black's law dictionary

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