from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb & adjective Along, by way of, or following a coast.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • By way of or along the coast.
  • Following the coast: moving or carried on along the coast: as, the coastwise trade.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb By way of, or along, the coast; following a coastline.

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  • adjective Along the coast.
  • adverb Along the coast.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb by way of, or along the coast
  • adjective along or following a coast


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coast +‎ -wise


  • Every incoming coastwise vessel was boarded by the union officials and its crew sent ashore.

    Chapter VII

  • But there were coastwise skippers I would have returned and killed when

    Chapter 10

  • In the spring of 1919 Commander Stevenson commenced to build up a fleet of schooners and small ketches which had carried the bulk of the coastwise traffic of this country before the war.

    Movie Night

  • It is doubtful whether this form of coastwise trading can be regarded as an economic business in these days.

    Movie Night

  • Through surplus energy from the stream and the sailing ship, coastwise sailing ships permitted the development of ports through which the produce of the interior could be delivered by streams to the seas and oceans.

    Energy and Society~ Chapter 5~ Steam~ Key to the Industrial Revolution

  • So, even when only its fuel costs were involved, the locomotive could not directly compete as a form of transportation anywhere that competition between ship and rail was possible, as in coastwise traffic.

    Energy and Society~ Chapter 5~ Steam~ Key to the Industrial Revolution

  • All meantime were loudly lamenting the falling off in Irish shipping, coastwise and foreign as well, which was all part and parcel of the same thing.


  • Dublin by means of petrolpropelled riverboats, plying in the fluvial fairway between Island bridge and Ringsend, charabancs, narrow gauge local railways, and pleasure steamers for coastwise navigation (10/— per person per day, guide (trilingual) included).


  • My letter, dated the 22nd of June last, will have made your excellency acquainted with the sanguine hopes I entertained, from the appearance of the river, that its termination would be either in interior waters, or coastwise.

    Journals of Two Expeditions into the Interior of New South Wales

  • And coastwise throw a steady beam, by which the good ships steer;

    The Lighthouse and the Whistling-Buoy.


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