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Coast vs Shores - What's the difference?

coast | shores |

As nouns the difference between coast and shores

is that coast is (obsolete) the side or edge of something while shores is .

As verbs the difference between coast and shores

is that coast is to glide along without adding energy while shores is (shore).



(wikipedia coast)


(en noun)
  • (obsolete) The side or edge of something.
  • (Sir Isaac Newton)
  • The edge of the land where it meets an ocean, sea, gulf, bay, or large lake.
  • The rocky coast of Maine has few beaches.
  • (obsolete) A region of land; a district or country.
  • * 1526 , Bible , tr. William Tyndale, Matthew 2:
  • 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 […].
  • *, II.ii.3:
  • 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.
  • (obsolete) A region of the air or heavens.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , III.iii:
  • the learned Merlin, well could tell, / Vnder what coast of heauen the man did dwell […].


    * shore, shoreline


    * oceanfront, seashore

    Derived terms

    * coast fox * coast guard, coastguard * coast rat * coast-to-coast * coastal * coaster * coastland * coastline * coastward * coastwatcher * coastwise


    (en verb)
  • To glide along without adding energy.
  • When I ran out of gas, fortunately I managed to coast into a nearby gas station.
  • (nautical) To sail along a coast.
  • * Arbuthnot
  • The ancients coasted only in their navigation.
  • 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, " Sergio Agüero strike wins derby for Manchester City against 10-man United," guardian.co.uk
  • 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.
  • (obsolete) To draw near to; to approach; to keep near, or by the side of.
  • * Shakespeare
  • 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
  • Nearchus, not knowing the compass, was fain to coast that shore.
  • (obsolete) To conduct along a coast or river bank.
  • * Hakluyt
  • The Indians coasted me along the river.
  • (US, dialect) To slide downhill; to slide on a sled upon snow or ice.
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  • Verb

  • (shore)
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