Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of moving smoothly along a surface while remaining in contact with it
    the children lined up for a coast down the snowy slope
  2. (noun, cognition) the area within view
  3. (noun, object) a slope down which sleds may coast
  4. (noun, object) the shore of a sea or ocean
  5. (verb, motion) move effortlessly; by force of gravity

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Synonyms of Coast

glide, sea-coast, seacoast, seashore, slide

Origin of the word Coast

  1. c.1125, from O.Fr. coste "shore, coast," from L. costa "a rib," developing a sense in M.L. of the shore as the "side" of the land. Fr. also used this word for "hillside, slope," which led to verb use of "sled downhill," first attested 1775 in Amer.Eng. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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