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.

Primary Meanings of coast

1.
n
the shore of a sea or ocean
2.
vn
move effortlessly; by force of gravity
the act of moving smoothly along a surface while remaining in contact with it
3.
n
the area within view
Full Definitions of coast
1

n the shore of a sea or ocean

Synonyms:
sea-coast, seacoast, seashore
Examples:
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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
Types:
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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

v move effortlessly; by force of gravity

Types:
freewheel
coast in a vehicle using the freewheel
Type of:
glide
move smoothly and effortlessly

n 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
Types:
sideslip, skid, slip
an unexpected slide
snowboarding
the act of sliding down a snow-covered slope while standing on a snowboard
Type of:
motion, move, movement
the act of changing location from one place to another

n a slope down which sleds may coast

“when it snowed they made a coast on the golf course”
Type of:
incline, side, slope
an elevated geological formation
3

n the area within view

“the coast is clear”
Type of:
aspect, panorama, prospect, scene, view, vista
the visual percept of a region

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