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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun coast:


The word coast is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun coast

What does coast mean as a name of something?

Coast is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: coasts

  1. the shore of a sea or ocean
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • synonyms of coast: sea-coast / seacoast / seashore
    • more generic word: shore = the land along the edge of a body of water
    • more specific terms:
    • instances:
      • Barbary Coast = the Mediterranean coast of northern Africa that was famous for its Moorish pirates
      • Aeolia / Aeolis = 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
    • part: foreshore = the part of the seashore between the highwater mark and the low-water mark
  2. a slope down which sleds may coast
    • example: when it snowed they made a coast on the golf course
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • more generic words: incline / side / slope = an elevated geological formation
  3. the area within view
  4. the act of moving smoothly along a surface while remaining in contact with it
    • example: the children lined up for a coast down the snowy slope
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of coast: glide / slide
    • more generic words: motion / move / movement = the act of changing location from one place to another
    • more specific words:

Alternative definition of the noun coast


  1. [obsolete] The side or edge of something. [definition 15th-18th c.]
  2. The edge of the land where it meets the sea; the shoreline or oceanfront. [definition from 14th c.]
  3. [obsolete] A region of land; a district or country. [definition 14th-17th c.]
  4. [obsolete] A region of the air or heavens. [definition 14th-17th c.]

Definition of the verb coast

What does coast mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: coasted | coasting | coasts

  1. move effortlessly; by force of gravity

Alternative definition of the verb coast


  1. [intransitive] To glide along without adding energy.
  2. [intransitive, nautical] To sail along a coast
  3. Applied to human behavior, to make a minimal effort, to continue to do something in a routine way. This implies lack of initiative and effort.


Coast: Coasts is an English folk rock group, based in Southampton, UK.

Phrases with Coast

Phrases starting with the word Coast:

  1. Coast Fox
  2. Coast Oak
  3. coast lily
  4. Coast Mole
  5. Coast Pine
  6. Coast Miwok
  7. coast range
  8. Coast Fescue
  9. Coast Spruce
  10. Coast Yarrow
  11. coast banksia
  12. Coast Juniper
  13. coast redwood

Phrases ending with the word Coast:

  1. sea-coast
  2. east coast
  3. gold coast
  4. gulf coast
  5. west coast
  6. adelie coast
  7. barbary coast

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Coast

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Google previewDixie Dharma (2012)

Inside a Buddhist Temple in the American South by Jeff Wilson

The West Coast is the classic homeland for American Buddhism.

Google previewPilgrimage Tourism of Diaspora Africans to Ghana (2014)

by Ann Reed

Cape Coast is the capital of the Central Region and has a population of 170,000, a figure that seems too high but...

Cape Coast is a fascinating mix of the old and the new, the natural and the human-made: the contrast between the red earth ...

Google previewThe Little Book of Commodity Investing (2010)

by John Stephenson

The Ivory Coast is the big hammer of cocoa production, supplying 37 percent of the 3.4 million metric tonstraded annually. Ghana ...

Google previewSoutheastern Geographer (2014)

Spring 2014 Issue by David M. Cochran Jr., Carl A. Reese

The Gulf Coast is the largest region geographically but has only 189 businesses compared to the smaller Red River region with 139 more densely clustered businesses. Although the Gulf Coast is the largest region, its prominence is likely only ...

Google previewThe Invention of Somalia (1995)

by Ali Jimale Ahmed

Kassim Historical Background Historically, the Banadir coast is the coastal strip extending from Warsheikh to Ras Kiamboni in present day Somalia. The name "Benadir" is derived from ...

Google previewThe Transactions of the Bombay Geographical Society (1856)

by Bombay Geographical Society

The former coast is the one most navigated, and is the safer of the two. The latter is shallow, and skirted by reefs and banks, in some places extending to a great distance from the land. This fact is a verification of Dr. Carter's statement, who, ...

Google previewSex Trafficking (2009)

Inside the Business of Modern Slavery by Siddharth Kara

The Apulian Coast is an entry point for speedboats from Albania and Greece, and to a lesser extent, for ships from Turkey that bring victims from the Middle East and South Asia. The Sicilian Coast is an entry point for boats from North Africa ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Prehistory (2001)

Volume 6: North America by Peter N. Peregrine, Melvin Ember, Human Relations Area Files, inc

Late Paleoindian tradition, precedes the Formative Oregon Coast tradition. location: Oregon coast. diagnostic material attributes: Lithic sites, shell ...

Google previewExporters' Encyclopaedia (1917)

Routes Abonnema, Niger Coast. . . . . . . . 1, 2, 6 Accra (Akra), Ashanti.

Google previewEncyclopedia of African History 3-Volume Set (2013)

by Kevin Shillington

(Gold Coast): Colonial Period: Administration; Ghana (Republic of): Colonization and Resistance, 1875–1901. Further Reading Boahen, A. Adu, Ghana: Evolution and Change in the 19th and ...

Google previewDictionary of Languages (1998)

The Definitive Reference to More Than 400 Languages by Andrew Dalby

include three of the most important Ghanaian languages, AKAN, EWE and GA, and a major Ivory Coast language, BAULE.

Google previewD-Day Encyclopedia (2014)

Everything You Want to Know About the Normandy Invasion by Barrett Tillman

COAST GUARD With the longest unbroken service of all American armed forces, the Coast Guard traces its ancestry to the Revenue Marine of 1790, and after a series of subsequent designations it gained its present name in 1915. During ...

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The West Coast Sign Language Choir of Los Angeles

Dr. Kim Logan-Nowlin & Micha Logan conducted workshops in sign language. The 9th Annual Conference.

Quotes about Coast

Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything. (Charles Kuralt)
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Scrabble value of C3O1A1S1T1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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