from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Land next to the sea; the seashore.
- n. The Pacific coast of the United States.
- n. A hill or other slope down which one may coast, as on a sled.
- n. The act of sliding or coasting; slide.
- n. Obsolete The frontier or border of a country.
- intransitive v. To slide down an incline through the effect of gravity.
- intransitive v. To move effortlessly and smoothly. See Synonyms at slide.
- intransitive v. To move without further use of propelling power.
- intransitive v. To act or move aimlessly or with little effort: coasted for a few weeks before applying for a job.
- intransitive v. Nautical To sail near or along a coast.
- transitive v. Nautical To sail or move along the coast or border of.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To glide along without adding energy.
- v. To sail along a coast
- v. Applied to human behavior, to make a minimal effort, to continue to do something in a routine way. This implies lack of initiative and effort.
- v. To draw near to; to approach; to keep near, or by the side of.
- v. To sail by or near; to follow the coastline of.
- v. To conduct along a coast or river bank.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The side of a thing.
- n. The exterior line, limit, or border of a country; frontier border.
- n. The seashore, or land near it.
- intransitive v. To draw or keep near; to approach.
- intransitive v. To sail by or near the shore.
- intransitive v. To sail from port to port in the same country.
- intransitive v. To slide down hill; to slide on a sled, upon snow or ice.
- transitive v. To draw near to; to approach; to keep near, or by the side of.
- transitive v. To sail by or near; to follow the coast line of.
- transitive v. To conduct along a coast or river bank.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A side; the side.
- n. The exterior line, limit, or border of a country; boundary; bound.
- n. The side, edge, or margin of the land next to the sea; the sea-shore.
- n. The boundary-line formed by the sea; the coast-line.
- n. [From the verb.] A slide on a sled down a snowy or icy incline: as, to go out for a coast.
- To sail near a coast; sail along or near the shore, or in sight of land; follow the coast-line; rarely, to travel along, either on or near the coast.
- To sail from port to port on the same coast.
- Hence Figuratively, to feel one's way cautiously; grope along.
- To advance; proceed; go.
- To slide on a sled down a hill or an incline covered with snow or ice.
- To descend a hill on a bicycle, removing the feet from the pedals.
- To draw supplies to lumberers' shanties.
- To sail along or near to, as a coast, or along the shore of: as, to coast the shores of the Mediterranean; to coast an island.
- To carry or conduct along a coast or river-bank.
- To draw near to; approach; keep close to; pursue.
- To accost.
- To glide along swiftly through the air with motionless wings, as a bird.
- To loaf about from station to station.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the shore of a sea or ocean
- n. the act of moving smoothly along a surface while remaining in contact with it
- v. move effortlessly; by force of gravity
- n. a slope down which sleds may coast
- n. the area within view
Middle English coste, from Old French, from Latin costa, side; see kost- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English and Old French coste, from Latin costa ("edge"). (Wiktionary)