coast

The noun coast describes the area where the land meets the sea — the seashore. When your mom says, "We're going to the coast," pack your bathing suit, because you'll be near the ocean.

Coast also has a verb form that describes an effortless movement, like when you're riding your bike down a hill and you don't have to pedal at all. It can also be used figuratively to describe something that's gained without much difficulty. You might coast to victory in the playoffs when your team wins 8-0 and is never threatened.

Definitions of coast
  1. noun
    the shore of a sea or ocean
    synonyms: sea-coast, seacoast, seashore
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    Barbary Coast
    the Mediterranean coast of northern Africa that was famous for its Moorish pirates
    Aeolia
    an ancient coastal region of northwestern Asia Minor (including Lesbos) where the Aeolians founded several cities around 1100 BC
    Atlantic Coast
    a coast of the Atlantic Ocean
    Gulf Coast
    a seashore of the Gulf of Mexico
    Pacific Coast
    a coast of the Pacific Ocean
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    litoral, littoral, littoral zone, sands
    the region of the shore of a lake or sea or ocean
    landfall
    the seacoast first sighted on a voyage (or flight over water)
    seaboard, seaside
    the shore of a sea or ocean regarded as a resort
    tideland
    land near the sea that is overflowed by the tide
    type of:
    shore
    the land along the edge of a body of water
  2. verb
    move effortlessly; by force of gravity
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    freewheel
    coast in a vehicle using the freewheel
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    glide
    move smoothly and effortlessly
  3. noun
    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”
    synonyms: glide, slide
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    sideslip, skid, slip
    an unexpected slide
    snowboarding
    the act of sliding down a snow-covered slope while standing on a snowboard
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    motion, move, movement
    the act of changing location from one place to another
  4. noun
    a slope down which sleds may coast
    “when it snowed they made a coast on the golf course”
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    incline, side, slope
    an elevated geological formation
  5. noun
    the area within view
    “the coast is clear”
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    aspect, panorama, prospect, scene, view, vista
    the visual percept of a region
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