Pronunciation: (kōst),[key] —n. 1. the land next to the sea; seashore: the rocky coast of Maine. 2. the region adjoining it: They live on the coast, a few miles from the sea. 3. a hill or slope down which one may slide on a sled.
4. a slide or ride down a hill or slope, as on a sled.
5. Obs.the boundary or border of a country.
6. the Coast,Informal.(in the U.S. and Canada) the region bordering on the Pacific Ocean; the West Coast: I'm flying out to the Coast next week. 7. the coast is clear, no danger or impediment exists; no persons are in the path or vicinity: The boys waited until the coast was clear before climbing over the wall.
—v.i. 1. to slide on a sled down a snowy or icy hillside or incline.
2. to descend a hill or the like, as on a bicycle, without using pedals.
3. to continue to move or advance after effort has ceased; keep going on acquired momentum: We cut off the car engine and coasted for a while. 4. to advance or proceed with little or no effort, esp. owing to one's actual or former assets, as wealth, position, or name, or those of another: The actor coasted to stardom on his father's name. 5. to sail along, or call at the various ports of, a coast.
6. Obs.to proceed in a roundabout way.
—v.t. 1. to cause to move along under acquired momentum: to coast a rocket around the sun. 2. to proceed along or near the coast of.
3. Obs.to keep alongside of (a person moving).
4. Obs.to go by the side or border of.