Hypertext Webster Gateway: "coast"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Coast \Coast\, n. [OF. coste, F. c[^o]te, rib, hill, shore,
coast, L. costa rib, side. Cf. {Accost}, v. t., {Cutlet}.]
1. The side of a thing. [Obs.] --Sir I. Newton.

2. The exterior line, limit, or border of a country; frontier
border. [Obs.]

From the river, the river Euphrates, even to the
uttermost sea, shall your coast be. --Deut. xi.

3. 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. --Waller.

{The coast is clear}, the danger is over; no enemy in sight.
--Dryden. Fig.: There are no obstacles. ``Seeing that the
coast was clear, Zelmane dismissed Musidorus.'' --Sir P.

{Coast guard}.
(a) A body of men originally employed along the coast to
prevent smuggling; now, under the control of the
admiralty, drilled as a naval reserve. [Eng.]
(b) The force employed in life-saving stations along the
seacoast. [U. S.]

{Coast rat} (Zo["o]l.), a South African mammal ({Bathyergus
suillus}), about the size of a rabbit, remarkable for its
extensive burrows; -- called also {sand mole}.

{Coast waiter}, a customhouse officer who superintends the
landing or shipping of goods for the coast trade. [Eng.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Coast \Coast\, v. t.
1. To draw near to; to approach; to keep near, or by the side
of. [Obs.] --Hakluyt.

2. To sail by or near; to follow the coast line of.

Nearchus, . . . not knowing the compass, was fain to
coast that shore. --Sir T.

3. To conduct along a coast or river bank. [Obs.]

The Indians . . . coasted me along the river.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Coast \Coast\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Coasted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Coasting}.] [OE. costien, costeien, costen, OF. costier,
costoier, F. c[^o]toyer, fr. Of. coste coast, F. c[^o]te. See
{Coast}, n.]
1. To draw or keep near; to approach. [Obs.]

Anon she hears them chant it lustily, And all in
haste she coasteth to the cry. --Shak.

2. To sail by or near the shore.

The ancients coasted only in their navigation.

3. To sail from port to port in the same country.

4. [Cf. OF. coste, F. c[^o]te, hill, hillside.] To slide down
hill; to slide on a sled, upon snow or ice. [Local, U. S.]

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: the shore of a sea or ocean [syn: {seashore}, {seacoast}, {sea-coast}]
2: the area within view; "the coast is clear"
v : move effortlessly; by force of gravity

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