I. noun Etymology: Middle English cost, from Anglo-French coste, from Latin costa rib, side; akin to Old Church Slavic kostĭ 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 clearcoastal adjectivecoastwise 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • 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; frontier border.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coast — UK US /kəʊst/ noun [C] ► the land next to or close to the sea: »The oil spill happened just off the Spanish coast. the east/west coast »He grew up on the west coast, in California. ● coast to coast Cf. coast to coast …   Financial and business terms

  • coast — coast; coast·al; coast·er; coast·ing; coast·ways; coast·ward; coast·wise; coast·al·ly; …   English syllables

  • coast — [kōst] n. [ME coste, coast < OFr, a rib, hill, shore, coast < L costa, a rib, side] 1. land alongside the sea; seashore 2. Obs. frontier; borderland ☆ 3. [< CdnFr, hillside, slope] an incline down which a slide is taken ☆ 4. a slide or… …   English World dictionary

  • COAST — steht für: Cache on a stick, ein kleines Modul mit Speicherbausteinen Cambridge Optical Aperture Synthesis Telescope, ein astronomisches Interferometer in Cambridgeshire, England Coast bezeichnet: Coast (Kenia), eine kenianische Provinz Coast Air …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Coast — Coast, v. t. 1. To draw near to; to approach; to keep near, or by the side of. [Obs.] Hakluyt. [1913 Webster] 2. To sail by or near; to follow the coast line of. [1913 Webster] Nearchus, . . . not knowing the compass, was fain to coast that shore …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coast — (n.) margin of the land, early 14c.; earlier rib as a part of the body (early 12c.), from O.Fr. coste rib, side, flank; slope, incline; later coast, shore (12c., Mod.Fr. côte), from L. costa a rib, perhaps related to a root word for bone (Cf. O.C …   Etymology dictionary

  • Coast — (k[=o]st), 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.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Coast — Coast …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • coast — ► NOUN 1) land adjoining or near the sea. 2) the easy movement of a vehicle without the use of power. ► VERB 1) move easily without using power. 2) act or make progress without making much effort: United coasted to victory. 3) sail along the… …   English terms dictionary

  • COAST —   [Abk. für Cache on a Stick, dt. »Zwischenspeicher auf einem Riegel«] der, von Intel im Jahre 1995 vorgestelltes Speichermodul, das einen PC mit Prozessor Cache aufrüstet bzw. den Prozessor Cache erweitert. Der COAST basiert auf einer kleinen… …   Universal-Lexikon

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