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  • v. Present participle of coast.
  • n. The act of sailing along a coast, or from port to port.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Sailing along or near a coast, or running between ports along a coast.
  • n. A sailing along a coast, or from port to port; a carrying on a coasting trade.
  • n. Sliding down hill; sliding on a sled upon snow or ice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or business of sailing along the coast or from port to port in the same country, for purposes of trade.
  • n. The sport of sliding on a sled down an incline covered with snow or ice.
  • n. Advances toward acquaintance; specifically, courtship.
  • n. In railroading, the act of allowing a train or a ear to run upon a down grade by its own gravity, without steam or electric power.

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  • The practice of sailboats traveling south along the US Atlantic coast to travel close to the shore to catch the southerly Labrador current and avoid the northerly Gulf Stream current farther offshore.

    "Coasting" has an interesting double sense here--to coast along with a current and to stay close to the coast.

    June 19, 2008