coast

Definitions

  • "'It is a terrible thing, is a wreck on this coast.'"
    "'It is a terrible thing, is a wreck on this coast.'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v coast move effortlessly; by force of gravity
    • n coast the act of moving smoothly along a surface while remaining in contact with it "his slide didn't stop until the bottom of the hill","the children lined up for a coast down the snowy slope"
    • n coast the area within view "the coast is clear"
    • n coast a slope down which sleds may coast "when it snowed they made a coast on the golf course"
    • n coast the shore of a sea or ocean
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Coast of Asia Minor Coast of Asia Minor
BROWN PELICANS IN FLORIDA The Pelicans nest in colonies, and the young feed from the parents' throats. Range: Gulf coast of U. S. and southward. Habitat Group in The American Museum of Natural History BROWN PELICANS IN FLORIDA The Pelicans nest in colonies, and the young feed from the parents' throats. Range: Gulf...
A HEAVILY ARMED COASTING BARGE A HEAVILY ARMED COASTING BARGE
The Lonely Watcher of the Coast The Lonely Watcher of the Coast
Coast Guard Cutter, Miami, on July Fourth Coast Guard Cutter, Miami, on July Fourth
Signals that Guards our Coast Signals that Guards our Coast
The United States Coast and the West Indies The United States Coast and the West Indies
Golf is now being played on the Norman Coast Golf is now being played on the Norman Coast

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1958, the United States Coast Guard off western Greenland measured the tallest known iceberg at five hundred and fifty feet
    • Coast The exterior line, limit, or border of a country; frontier border. "From the river, the river Euphrates, even to the uttermost sea, shall your coast be."
    • Coast The seashore, or land near it. "He sees in English ships the Holland coast .""We the Arabian coast do know
      At distance, when the species blow."
    • Coast The side of a thing.
    • Coast To conduct along a coast or river bank. "The Indians . . . coasted me along the river."
    • Coast To draw near to; to approach; to keep near, or by the side of.
    • Coast To draw or keep near; to approach. "Anon she hears them chant it lustily,
      And all in haste she coasteth to the cry."
    • Coast To sail by or near the shore. "The ancients coasted only in their navigation."
    • Coast To sail by or near; to follow the coast line of. "Nearchus, . . . not knowing the compass, was fain to coast that shore."
    • Coast To sail from port to port in the same country.
    • Coast To slide down hill; to slide on a sled, upon snow or ice.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Despite the fact that Madagascar is situated about 300 miles off the Eastern African coast, the majority of it's population is from Indonesia which is 3000 miles further East.
    • n coast A side; the side.
    • n coast The exterior line, limit, or border of a country; boundary; bound.
    • n coast The side, edge, or margin of the land next to the sea; the sea-shore.
    • n coast The boundary-line formed by the sea; the coast-line.
    • n coast [From the verb.] A slide on a sled down a snowy or icy incline: as, to go out for a coast.
    • 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.
    • coast To sail from port to port on the same coast.
    • coast Hence Figuratively, to feel one's way cautiously; grope along.
    • coast To advance; proceed; go.
    • coast To slide on a sled down a hill or an incline covered with snow or ice.
    • coast To descend a hill on a bicycle, removing the feet from the pedals.
    • coast To draw supplies to lumberers' shanties.
    • coast 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.
    • coast To carry or conduct along a coast or river-bank.
    • coast To draw near to; approach; keep close to; pursue.
    • coast To accost.
    • coast To glide along swiftly through the air with motionless wings, as a bird.
    • coast To loaf about from station to station.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Devon is the only county in Great Britain to have two coasts.
    • n Coast kōst side or border of land next the sea: the seashore: limit or border of a country
    • v.i Coast to sail along or near a coast: to travel downhill on a bicycle with the feet on the foot-rests
    • v.t Coast to sail by or near to
    • n Coast the act of sailing, or of trading, along the coast: advances towards acquaintance, courtship: riding downhill on a bicycle with the feet up
    • adj Coast carried on along the coast
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Quotations

  • Isaac Bickerstaffe
    Isaac Bickerstaffe
    “How happy is the sailor's life, from coast to coast to roam; in every port he finds a wife, in every land a home.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Scratch a Yale man with both hands and you'll be lucky to find a coast-guard. Usually you find nothing at all.”
  • Joan Welsh
    Joan Welsh
    “If you're coasting, you're either losing momentum or else you're headed downhill.”
  • Edmund Burke
    Edmund%20Burke
    “Spain: A whale stranded upon the coast of Europe.”
  • Ronald Reagan
    Ronald%20Reagan
    “Politics is just like show business. You have a hell of an opening, coast for a while, and then have a hell of a close.”
  • Viktor E. Frankl
    Viktor E. Frankl
    “I recommend that the Statue of Liberty be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the west coast.”

Idioms

Coast is clear - When the coast is clear, the people supposed to be watching you are not there and you are able to move or leave.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. costien, costeien, costen, OF. costier, costoier, F. côtoyer, fr,. Of,. coste coast, F. côte,. See Coast (n.)

Usage

In literature:

A third was a member of a Pacific coast yacht club.
"Submarine Warfare of To-day" by Charles W. Domville-Fife
Like the rest of the ports on this coast, it has been deserted by trade, and has now fallen more or less into a state of decay and ruin.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
On the sea-coast curious reefs project, the chief of them being St. Patrick's Causeway.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
The coast of Brazil was reached in April.
"Pioneers of the Pacific Coast" by Agnes C. Laut
In winter, south along the coast to Mexico.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
By that time the Pacific coast of America and the coast of Siberia over against it had already been explored.
"Adventurers of the Far North" by Stephen Leacock
I have myself had an opportunity of examining large quantities of driftwood both on the west coast and on the east coast of Greenland.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
THE COAST OF ASIA MINOR, FROM RHODES.
"Frederic Lord Leighton" by Ernest Rhys
I believe these basins to be the only examples of Limoges work to be found along the coast.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
The coasts are generally regular, but there are a large number of bays and inlets, and the north coast is full of navigable lagoons.
"Porto Rico" by Arthur D. Hall
Lee, son of the general, and a good engineer, was sent to the coast of North Carolina to inspect the defenses.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
Like a rear guard of well-seasoned veterans, they stood between the Indians and their people on the coast.
"Hero Stories from American History" by Albert F. Blaisdell
The United States coast is too thoroughly patrolled by the Coast Guard for any such business as that to flourish.
"The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
In southern Chile the coast is highly mountainous, but the relation of these elevations to the Andes has not been clearly determined.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
Four miles was sufficient to screen the castaways from the observation of anyone who might be straying along the coast.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
East coasts are wetter than interiors, but drier than west coasts.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
Just before the season of the monsoons, they appear sometimes off this coast.
"The Pearl of India" by Maturin M. Ballou
There are some 3,500 Indians, 2,000 Eskimos, and 9,000 whites (along the coast and at the Hudson's Bay posts).
"Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North" by Fullerton Waldo
This point, of which the distance was increased by the irregularity of the coast, was nearly three miles from the Mercy.
"Abandoned" by Jules Verne
The ship had been headed to the south-east, so as to get into the trade-winds near the coast of Africa.
"The Story of a Strange Career" by Anonymous
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In poetry:

Only a human trading ship
Coasting along the shore,
The Negro knew not whither
Still he had to go.
"Only" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Perhaps there will
Be snow in heaven,
And noisy children coasting down the street
That slopes most;
"Snow" by Mary Carolyn Davies
Down the coast of Norway,
Like a flock of sea-gulls,
Sailed the fleet of Olaf
Through the Danish Sound.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XVI. -- Queen Thuri And " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
And aye we sail'd, and aye we sail'd,
Across the weary sea,
Until one morn the coast of Spain
Rose grimly on our lee.
"The Heart Of The Bruce" by William Edmondstoune Aytoun
I know not of his wisdom great
That leads this sightless host
Beyond the barren hills of fate
Unto some kindlier coast.
"The Blind Caravan" by William Wilfred Campbell
And there I wander, young again,
With limbs that do not tire,
Along the coast to Kittock's Den,
With whinbloom all afire.
"For Scotland" by Robert Fuller Murray

In news:

While crabs on the central coast are looking good, ones along parts of the south and north coast aren't ready yet, he said, and it's important that the valuable Oregon crab industry have high-­quality crabs that will fetch top prices.
The Coast Guard says it has found one of the missing crew member s of a tall ship that went down off the North Carolina coast, but she is unresponsive.
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C.— The Coast Guard says it has found one of the missing crew member s of a tall ship that went down off the North Carolina coast, but she is unresponsive.
Cleveland 1-5 on coast-to-coast trip.
Fin whale spotted off coast of Dana Point whale, coast, dana , dolphin, watching, chance, spotted, right, full, swing.
13 places to get your Deco fix from coast to coast.
Tomoo Kawai, 68, of Newport Coast is charged with a misdemeanor in connection with a series of reports in Laguna Beach and Corona del Mar of dirty diapers strewn on Coast Highway.
The Defense Agency said four Japanese F-15 jets headed to the area which has been at the center of a territorial dispute Thursday morning, but no further action was taken EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Japan Coast Guard 11th Regional Coast Guard / AP).
This No 43513 four-door, five-drawer credenza with iron accents is part of Coast To Coast Imports' Jadu Accents line imported from India.
ALONG THE GULF COAST – Over the past several months, dolphins have washed ashore along the northern Gulf Coast with bullet wounds, missing jaws and hacked-off fins, and federal officials said they are looking into the mysterious deaths.
ALONG THE GULF COAST (AP) — Over the past several months, dolphins have washed ashore along the northern Gulf Coast with bullet wounds, missing jaws and hacked off fins, and federal officials said they are looking into the mysterious deaths.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Deep water oil drills quieted by a six-month moratorium will again hum off the Gulf Coast, helping an industry that, despite its dangers, puts needed money in the pockets of thousands along the Gulf Coast.
HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US Coast Guard (USCG) is investigating a fire at a Black Elk Energy oil drilling rig off the coast of Louisiana, a spokesman at the USCG New Orleans sector said on Friday.
Coast to Coast Expedition Challenge set to start Nov 4.
Coast to Coast Expedition Challenge set for Nov 4.
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In science:

This force can, however, be discriminated from other effects because it will decay with the half-life of the Pu in the RTG’s by an amount of 6% during the measurement coast.
Testing for the Pioneer anomaly on a Pluto exploration mission
This force can be controlled by changing the transmission power during the coast and measuring the change in the acceleration of the craft.
Testing for the Pioneer anomaly on a Pluto exploration mission
The Solar radiation force is less important on POP than it was on the Pioneers and reduces to 1 % of the PA at the end of the coast.
Testing for the Pioneer anomaly on a Pluto exploration mission
The classical example (L F Richardson, 1963) is the problem of determining the true length of the rugged coast line such as that of of England.
Review of Nonlinear Methods and Modelling
The shorter the length l of the measuring stick the longer will the measure of the coast line turn out to be.
Review of Nonlinear Methods and Modelling
TOTEM was the SPS main user during 2 shifts of 8 hours with dedicated coasting beam.
Tests of a Roman Pot Prototype for the TOTEM Experiment
An additional trigger strategy, which relies on the possibility of lowering the trigger thresholds during the LHC beam coast or lower luminosity fills to collect more b-physics events is under study. s,d → µ+µ− is triggered at Level-1 with 15.2% efficiency.
Heavy Quarks: Summary Report
California moved the coast of the Tomales Bay only by 20 feet.
Astrophysics in 2005
If the swimmer has a density ρs ∼ m/L3 , we see that the dimensionless coasting distance is given by the ratio of densities, d/L ∼ ρs /ρ. A human swimmer in water can cruise for a couple of meters.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
In contrast, for motion at low Reynolds number, the drag force has the viscous scaling, fdrag = fviscous ηU L, and the swimmer can coast a distance d ≈ L Re ρs/ρ, where ρs ∼ m/L3 is the density of the swimmer.
The hydrodynamics of swimming microorganisms
The proximity to the coast allows for unperturbed laminar air flow.
Thirty Meter Telescope Site Testing I: Overview
Tolar is located at a distance of only 8 km from the coast, at 16 km from the closest paved road and 18 km north-north-east of Tocopilla, a town of 25,000 inhabitants. [Note: All distances given in this section are straight line distances.
Thirty Meter Telescope Site Testing I: Overview
It is a medium-elevation site (2830 m), ∼65 km from the Pacific coast in the west and 55 km from the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) to the east.
Thirty Meter Telescope Site Testing I: Overview
The NESTOR Collaboration began surveys of an area close to the Peloponnese coast at a mean depth of about 4 km in the ’90s.
In Search for Extraterrestrial High Energy Neutrinos
Cooling was optimized by using the electron beam steering coils. Best overlap of the electron beam with the proton beam is given by the smallest coasting beam revo lu tion frequency (minimum of the space charge depression of the electron beam).
Present Performance of Electron Cooling at Cosy-J\"ulich
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