(obsolete) The side or edge of something.
The edge of the land where it meets an ocean, sea, gulf, bay, or large lake.
- (Sir Isaac Newton)
(obsolete) A region of land; a district or country.
* 1526 , Bible , tr. William Tyndale, Matthew 2:
- The rocky coast of Maine has few beaches.
- Then Herod perceavynge that he was moocked off the wyse men, was excedynge wroth, and sent forth and slue all the chyldren that were in bethleem, and in all the costes thereof […].
(obsolete) A region of the air or heavens.
* 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , III.iii:
- P. Crescentius, in his lib.'' 1 ''de agric. cap. 5, is very copious in this subject, how a house should be wholesomely sited, in a good coast , good air, wind, etc.
- the learned Merlin, well could tell, / Vnder what coast of heauen the man did dwell […].
* shore, shoreline
* oceanfront, seashore
* coast fox
* coast guard, coastguard
* coast rat
To glide along without adding energy.
(nautical) To sail along a coast.
- When I ran out of gas, fortunately I managed to coast into a nearby gas station.
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.
* November 2 2014 , Daniel Taylor, "
- The ancients coasted only in their navigation.
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(obsolete) To draw near to; to approach; to keep near, or by the side of.
- Yet the truth is that City would probably have been coasting by that point if the referee, Michael Oliver, had not turned down three separate penalties, at least two of which could be accurately described as certainties.
- Anon she hears them chant it lustily, / And all in haste she coasteth to the cry.
(obsolete) To sail by or near; to follow the coastline of.
* Sir Thomas Browne
(obsolete) To conduct along a coast or river bank.
- Nearchus, not knowing the compass, was fain to coast that shore.
(US, dialect) To slide downhill; to slide on a sled upon snow or ice.
- The Indians coasted me along the river.
(transitive, or, intransitive) To cook (something) in an oven.
- I baked a delicious cherry pie.
To dry by heat.
To prepare food by baking it.
To be baked to heating or drying.
- She's been baking all day to prepare for the dinner.
(figuratively) To be hot.
- The clay baked in the sun.
- It is baking in the greenhouse.
(slang) To smoke marijuana.
To harden by cold.
- I'm baking after that workout in the gym.
- The earth is baked with frost.
- They bake their sides upon the cold, hard stone.
In the dialects of northern England, the simple past book'' and past participle ''baken are sometimes encountered.
* See also
* in a bake
(UK, NZ) Any of various baked dishes resembling casserole.
* 2009 , Rosalind Peters, Kate Pankhurst, Clive Boursnell, Midnight Feast Magic: Sleepover Fun and Food
The act of cooking food by baking.
- If you happen to have small, heat-proof glass or ceramic pots in your kitchen (known as ramekins) then you can make this very easy pasta bake in fun-size, individual portions.