coastcoast1 /kəʊst $ koʊst/ ●●●S3W2 noun1DN[countable] the area where the landmeets the sea → coastalcoast ofthe west coast of AfricaWe drove along the Pacific coast to Seattle.on the coastI used to live in a small village on the coast (=on the land near the sea).off the coasta small island off the coast (=in the sea near the land) of Scotlandthe first European to cross Africa coast to coasta deserted stretch of coast2 →the coast is clearCOLLOCATIONSADJECTIVES/NOUN + coast rockythe rocky coast of Mainerugged (=rough and uneven)There are sandy beaches in the west and a rugged coast in the east.the east/west/north/south coastWe stayed on the south coast of the island.the Atlantic/Pacific/Mediterranean etc coastthe Mediterranean coast of Spaincoast + NOUNa coast roadIn summer the coast road is very crowded.a coast pathThere were wonderful sea views from the coast path.the coast route (=the way that follows the coast)I’d prefer to take the coast route.verbsfollow the coast (=stay close to the coast)The path follows the coast.hug the coast (=follow it very closely)A small railway hugs the coast.phrasesa stretch of coast (=a long area of coast)The 13th century chapel lies on a spectacular stretch of coast.THESAURUScoast noun [countable] the part of a country that is close to the seaThe hurricane struck Florida’s coast.St Andrew’s is on the east coast of Scotland.shore noun [countable, uncountable] the land along the edge of the sea or along the edge of a lakeThe children managed to swim to shore but their father was swept out to sea.Vevey is a pretty town on the shores of Lake Geneva.the seashore the land along the edge of the sea, especially where there is sand and rocksWaves were crashing onto the seashore.coastline noun [countable] the edge of the land next to the sea – used especially about a long length of land or the shape it makes, for example as seen from the airThe road follows the rugged coastline of northern France for nearly 100 miles.Environmentalists are concerned about possible damage to some of the most beautiful stretches of Welsh coastline.seaboard noun [countable] the part of a country that is close to the sea. Used mainly about very large countries such as the US or Australia: western/eastern etc seaboardAustralia’s eastern seaboard | Atlantic/Pacific etc seaboardthe Atlantic seaboard of the USthe seaside British English a place at the edge of the sea where people go for a holidayThe children love going to the seaside.by the sea British English, by the ocean American English on land next to the seaWe bought a small cottage by the sea.He always walks by the ocean in the early morning.
coastcoast2 verb [intransitive]1[usually + adverb/preposition]DRIVE if a car or bicycle coasts, it moves without any effort from you or any power from the enginecoast down/around/along etcBev coasted downhill on her bicycle.2EASYto not try very hard to do something well – used to show disapprovalJaney’s teacher says she’s just coasting at school.3to be successful at something without much effortThey scored three goals in the first half and from then on United were coasting.coast to/throughThe Ugandan relay team are coasting to victory.4TTWto sail along the coast whilestaying close to land→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
coast• She used to be an honorstudent, but now she's just coasting.• But this is hardly a place for coasting.• The shares were coasting along at above 400p and looking like going better after a string of tipstersrecommendations.• Laura was a brightkid and she could coast along at school without too much effort.• I had to coast along until I stopped.• So there's no scope to coast at all and not pick the strongestteam.• By now we were close to my farm, coasting down off the ridge, the headlights turning the gravelroadwhite.• You begin by coasting down the logflume, which makes you laugh.• If you feel that you've been coasting in your job, perhaps it's time for a change.• In 1994 he coasted to re-election.coast down/around/along etc• The shares were coasting along at above 400p and looking like going better after a string of tipsters recommendations.• They rise up out of nowhere, coast along in the rearview mirror.• The end result is that both start coasting along in the same direction in which the box was originally moving.• By now we were close to my farm, coasting down off the ridge, the headlights turning the gravel road white.• Not long ago, this team coasted along on the road to resurrection.• You begin by coasting down the log flume, which makes you laugh.• The giantpalmslining the road inspected me disinterestedly as I coasted along trying to find the Alcade Apartments.coast to/through• The Cowboys promptly made their strongest statement of the season, coasting to a 29-10 victory over Miami.• The bowdropped and the boatgurgled in idle and coasted to a stop at a namelessaddress.• Gloucester seemed to be coasting to an easy 2 points.• Moving a carrier from one coast to another is no simpletask, Roulstone said.• They are between the hills and the Forth and are sparing nothing in Lothian, from the eastcoast to Dunedin.• Elsewhere in Contra CostaCounty, incumbentscoasted to re-election in most municipalraces.• Wilson coasted to victory in the election.• Then they soared into the sky as one, to make flight north as a pair along the coast toWrath.