1. The side of a thing. [Obs.]
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.]
Coast v. i. [imp. & p. p. Coasted; p. pr. & vb. n. Coasting.]
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. To slide down hill; to slide on a sled, upon snow or ice. [Local, U. S.]
Coast, v. t.
1. To draw near to; to approach; to keep near, or by the side of. [Obs.]
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.
n 1: the shore of a sea or ocean [syn: seashore, 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]
v : move effortlessly; by force of gravity