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[kohs-tl] /ˈkoʊs tl/
of, relating to, bordering on, or located near a coast:
The coastal regions are inundated at high tide.
Origin of coastal
1880-85; coast + -al1
Related forms
coastally, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Such water can be found in all coastal regions and is a challenge to understand from space.
  • Four-meter-high walls of water charged through coastal cities, sweeping away cars and houses, and setting factories ablaze.
  • In some areas, coastal aquifers are depleted of water before they can refill naturally, leading to the intrusion of seawater.
  • Yes but all those rich folks live in the elitist coastal cities.
  • The flat coastal plains of the south give way to valleys, then hills and mountains toward the middle and north.
  • There is a regional variation, with inland areas being cooler in winter and warmer in summer than their coastal counterparts.
  • Not a bad ride, nothing particularly exciting, some coastal views.
  • If you're coastal or in a big city you might be able to find one cheap.
  • The warm climate, along with a rich canvas of coastal wetlands and barefoot beaches attract vacationers year-round.
  • Reverberations from falling coastal property and collapsing developers are being felt widely.
Word Origin and History for coastal

1883, from coast (n.) + -al (1). The proper Latin form costal is used only of ribs.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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