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coast (kəʊst Pronunciation for coast



    1. the line or zone where the land meets the sea or some other large expanse of water
    2. (in combination)   ⇒ coastland
    related adjective littoral
  1. (British) the seaside
  2. (US)
    1. a slope down which a sledge may slide
    2. the act or an instance of sliding down a slope
  3. (obsolete) borderland or frontier
  4. See the coast is clear


  1. to move or cause to move by momentum or force of gravity
  2. (intransitive) to proceed without great effort   ⇒ to coast to victory
  3. to sail along (a coast)

Derived Forms

ˈcoastal adjective
ˈcoastally adverb

Word Origin

C13: from Old French coste coast, slope, from Latin costa side, rib


View thesaurus entry
= shore, border, beach, strand, seaside, coastline, seaboard, littoral

Translations for 'coast'

  • British English: coastPronunciation for coast The coast is an area of land next to the sea.We stayed at a camp site on the coast.kəʊst NOUN
  • Arabic: سَاحِلPronunciation for سَاحِل
  • Brazilian Portuguese: litoralPronunciation for litoral
  • Chinese: 海岸Pronunciation for 海岸
  • Croatian: obalaPronunciation for obala
  • Czech: pobřežíPronunciation for pobřeží
  • Danish: kystPronunciation for kyst
  • Dutch: kustPronunciation for kust
  • European Spanish: costaPronunciation for costa
  • Finnish: rannikkoPronunciation for rannikkomaantieteellinen
  • French: côtePronunciation for côtemer
  • German: KüstePronunciation for Küste
  • Greek: ακτήPronunciation for ακτή
  • Italian: costaPronunciation for costa
  • Japanese: 沿岸Pronunciation for 沿岸
  • Korean: 해안Pronunciation for 해안
  • Norwegian: kystPronunciation for kyst
  • Polish: wybrzeżePronunciation for wybrzeże
  • Portuguese: litoralPronunciation for litoral
  • Romanian: coastă coaste
  • Russian: побережьеPronunciation for побережье
  • Spanish: costaPronunciation for costa
  • Swedish: kustPronunciation for kust
  • Thai: ชายฝั่งPronunciation for ชายฝั่ง
  • Turkish: kıyıPronunciation for kıyı
  • Ukrainian: берег
  • Vietnamese: bờ biểnPronunciation for bờ biển
  • British English: coast If a vehicle coasts somewhere, it continues to move there with the motor switched off, or without being pushed or pedalled. VERBI switched off the engine and coasted round the corner.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: ir em ponto morto
  • Chinese: 惯性滑行车辆的惯慣性滑行
  • European Spanish: ir en punto muerto
  • French: rouler en roue libreN
  • German: dahinrollen
  • Italian: scendere a ruota libera
  • Japanese: 惰性で進む
  • Korean: 관성의 힘으로 달리다
  • Portuguese: ir em ponto morto
  • Spanish: ir en punto muerto

Example Sentences Including 'coast'

A gentle spinnaker ride down the coast with the sun warming one's back is like a sleigh ride across smooth new snow.
Rob Mundle FATAL STORM (2001)
I took her the most scenic route possible across the lagoon and through town to the coast road.
In the final chapter, he goes surfing near Tofino, on Vancouver Island's west coast.
Globe and Mail (2003)
Mr. Chirac made the comments at an impromptu news briefing while workers in southwest France mobilized to clean the coast.
Globe and Mail (2003)
The association claims there are serious financial penalties arising from siting the plant on the coast.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
The crew plans to spend up to two weeks off the Irish coast.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
The natural order would prevail once more with the current scouring the coast from east to west.
Mark Mills AMAGANSETT (2004)
There were street gangs operating in the centre of town and on the coast road at night.
to top A magnificent Edwardian country house with spectacular views over South Devon to the coast.
Country Life (2004)


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