from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Land next to the sea; the seashore.
- noun The water near this land.
- noun The Pacific coast of the United States.
- noun A hill or other slope down which one may coast, as on a sled.
- noun The act of sliding or coasting; slide.
- noun Obsolete The frontier or border of a country.
- intransitive verb To slide down an incline through the effect of gravity.
- intransitive verb To move without use of propelling power. synonym: slide.
- intransitive verb To act or move aimlessly or with little effort.
- intransitive verb Nautical To sail near or along a coast.
- intransitive verb To sail or move along the coast or border of.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A side; the side.
- noun The exterior line, limit, or border of a country; boundary; bound.
- noun The side, edge, or margin of the land next to the sea; the sea-shore.
- noun The boundary-line formed by the sea; the coast-line.
- noun [From the verb.] A slide on a sled down a snowy or icy incline: as, to go out for a coast.
- To glide along swiftly through the air with motionless wings, as a bird.
- To loaf about from station to station.
- 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
coastthe 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun obsolete The side of a thing.
- noun obsolete The exterior line, limit, or border of a country; frontier border.
- noun The seashore, or land near it.
- noun the danger is over; no enemy in sight.
- noun [Eng.], [U. S.] The force employed in life-saving stations along the seacoast.
- noun (Zoöl.) a South African mammal (
Bathyergus suillus), about the size of a rabbit, remarkable for its extensive burrows; -- called also sand mole.
- noun [Eng.] a customhouse officer who superintends the landing or shipping of goods for the coast trade.
- intransitive verb obsolete To draw or keep near; to approach.
- intransitive verb To sail by or near the shore.
- intransitive verb To sail from port to port in the same country.
- intransitive verb Local, U. S. To slide down hill; to slide on a sled, upon snow or ice.
- transitive verb obsolete To draw near to; to approach; to keep near, or by the side of.
- transitive verb To sail by or near; to follow the coast line of.
- transitive verb obsolete To conduct along a coast or river bank.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- verb intransitive To
glidealong without adding energy.
- verb intransitive, nautical To sail along a coast
- verb Applied to human behavior, to make a minimal effort, to continue to do something in a
routineway. This implies lack of initiativeand effort.
- verb obsolete To draw near to; to approach; to keep near, or by the side of.
- verb obsolete To sail by or near; to follow the coastline of.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Middle English coste, from Old French, from Latin costa, side; see kost- in Indo-European roots.]
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
From Middle English and Old French coste, from Latin costa ("edge").
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