1. A rib; a side; a region or coast. [Obs.]
Betwixt the costs of a ship. --B. Jonson.
2. Her. See Cottise.
Cost v. t. [imp. & p. p. Cost; p. pr. & vb. n. Costing.]
1. To require to be given, expended, or laid out therefor, as in barter, purchase, acquisition, etc.; to cause the cost, expenditure, relinquishment, or loss of; as, the ticket cost a dollar; the effort cost his life.
A diamond gone, cost me two thousand ducats. --Shak.
Though it cost me ten nights' watchings. --Shak.
2. To require to be borne or suffered; to cause.
To do him wanton rites, which cost them woe. --Milton.
To cost dear, to require or occasion a large outlay of money, or much labor, self-denial, suffering, etc.
1. The amount paid, charged, or engaged to be paid, for anything bought or taken in barter; charge; expense; hence, whatever, as labor, self-denial, suffering, etc., is requisite to secure benefit.
One day shall crown the alliance on 't so please you,
Here at my house, and at my proper cost. --Shak.
At less cost of life than is often expended in a skirmish, [Charles V.] saved Europe from invasion. --Prescott.
2. Loss of any kind; detriment; pain; suffering.
I know thy trains,
Though dearly to my cost, thy gins and toils. --Milton.
3. pl. Law Expenses incurred in litigation.
Note: ☞ Costs in actions or suits are either between attorney and client, being what are payable in every case to the attorney or counsel by his client whether he ultimately succeed or not, or between party and party, being those which the law gives, or the court in its discretion decrees, to the prevailing, against the losing, party.
Bill of costs. See under Bill.
Cost free, without outlay or expense. “Her duties being to talk French, and her privileges to live cost free and to gather scraps of knowledge.”
n 1: the total spent for goods or services including money and
time and labor
2: the property of having material worth (often indicated by
the amount of money something would bring if sold); "the
fluctuating monetary value of gold and silver"; "he puts a
high price on his services"; "he couldn't calculate the
cost of the collection" [syn: monetary value, price]
3: value measured by what must be given or done or undergone to
obtain something; "the cost in human life was enormous";
"the price of success is hard work"; "what price glory?"
[syn: price, toll]
v 1: be priced at; "These shoes cost $100" [syn: be]
2: require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice; "This mistake cost
him his job"