coast


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Coast \Coast\ (k[=o]st), 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.
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   2. The exterior line, limit, or border of a country; frontier
      border. [Obs.]
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            From the river, the river Euphrates, even to the
            uttermost sea, shall your coast be.   --Deut. xi.
                                                  24.
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   3. The seashore, or land near it.
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            He sees in English ships the Holland coast.
                                                  --Dryden.
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            We the Arabian coast do know
            At distance, when the species blow.   --Waller.
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   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.
      Sidney.

   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 (Zool.), 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.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Coast \Coast\ (k[=o]st), 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.]
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            Anon she hears them chant it lustily,
            And all in haste she coasteth to the cry. --Shak.
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   2. To sail by or near the shore.
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            The ancients coasted only in their navigation.
                                                  --Arbuthnot.
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   3. To sail from port to port in the same country.
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   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.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Coast \Coast\, v. t.
   1. To draw near to; to approach; to keep near, or by the side
      of. [Obs.] --Hakluyt.
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   2. To sail by or near; to follow the coast line of.
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            Nearchus, . . . not knowing the compass, was fain to
            coast that shore.                     --Sir T.
                                                  Browne.
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   3. To conduct along a coast or river bank. [Obs.]
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            The Indians . . . coasted me along the river.
                                                  --Hakluyt.
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