Definition of coaster in English:



  • 1A small mat for a bottle or glass.

    • ‘Drinks coasters are elephant shaped, as are many of the sauce dishes.’
    • ‘The showrooms experience a general demand for table mats and coasters and various hand crafted items, specially for exports.’
    • ‘Her nana returned the smile and placed her cup of tea back on the drink coaster.’
    • ‘I tossed the letter aside, almost knocking over the cold tea that now rested on a wooden coaster.’
    • ‘Use coasters under beverage glasses to avoid moisture rings.’
    • ‘The airport bars it operates will give away mouse pads as drink coasters.’
    • ‘Two glasses with the remnants of brandy sat on coasters on the coffee table.’
    • ‘Check to see if anybody else would like a drink and that they are using their coasters.’
    • ‘Whenever I host a game night I bring out my groovy set of 1960's glass coasters.’
    • ‘Never set beverage glasses, vases of flowers, etc. on surfaces without coasters or mat protection.’
    • ‘Use coasters under glasses and vases, and pads or trivets under hot dishes.’
    • ‘They used this to produce bags, hats, ties, scarves, place mats and coasters.’
    • ‘The bookstore has also produced a range of other items to go with the series, including stationery, notebooks, coasters and calendars, and is running an in-store competition to promote the launch.’
    • ‘A moment later, a waitress put three glasses of water on coasters bearing the establishments insignia.’
    • ‘‘Every brand of beer here is served in its own glass, with its own coaster,’ he says proudly, though he notes that they seem to vanish sometimes.’
    • ‘The bar man, a young man with thick brown hair and wonderfully green eyes, approached Elliot with a coaster and a new glass.’
    • ‘Sophie would make you put your glass on a coaster.’
    • ‘In no time flat we had selected a card, and some face cloths, and some table mats and coasters - when do you ever go into a department store for one small item and come out with nothing else?’
    • ‘The doctor finishes his drink and gently sets the glass down on the coaster, staring at the little checkerboard pattern beneath it.’
    table mat, place mat
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  • 2A ship used to carry cargo along the coast from port to port.

    • ‘My favourite wreck, and that of many other visiting divers too, has to be the 450-ton two-hold Dutch coaster, the Lucy.’
    • ‘In the days of commercial shipping to Norwich, these very successful fishermen regularly patrolled the waterway following the coasters and on the look-out for damaged fish.’
    • ‘In a similar vein, John Armstrong rehabilitated the sailing coaster in its unique role as freight transporter between British ports.’
    • ‘After the success of the Allied North African campaign, French ships seized by the Allies in African ports were allowed to continue to fly the French flag in the Allied cause, and ten French coasters took part in the Sicilian campaign.’
    • ‘Many more coasters brought foodstuffs, manufactured products and raw materials from other parts of the country.’
    • ‘The year was 1956 and Ballina was a busy port even though the bar at Killala Bay and the Moy channel was difficult for the small coasters that mostly carried coal, timber, fertilisers and starch.’
    • ‘The wreck is a fairly conventional steam-powered coaster.’
    • ‘An Orkney Towage tug carried out a long-distance tow this week, towing a broken-down Dutch coaster to Invergordon.’
    • ‘Waren Mill was typical of the undeveloped tidal havens frequented by small coasters during the industrial revolution.’
    • ‘He escaped Crete by hiding in some salty coaster and shooting anyone who came near him.’
    • ‘The second incident involved the coaster Lara which collided with a mooring post and navigation light at the entrance to Alexandra Dock, demolishing the light.’
    • ‘The coasters of the Union Line began operating in 1863.’
    • ‘Although the Turquoise was operated as an armed coaster, there are no signs of the deck gun that would no doubt have been fitted above the fo'c'sle, or indeed of any other heavy armament.’
    • ‘A pilot in charge of a Danish-registered coaster was forced to take evasive action when a fishing vessel appeared out of fog on the wrong side of the channel.’
    • ‘"All of the nation's 15 fastest coasters have been built in the last 10 years.’
    • ‘Since the ship was a coaster and never far from the shore it was more practical to stop - either at a port or somewhere along the coast - than carry provisions needed for several weeks journey.’
  • 3[with adjective] A person who inhabits a specified coast.

    ‘a West coaster’
    • ‘One song will sound like an operatic piece and the next features east coaster John McDermott in a more traditional eastern Canadian piece.’
    • ‘Ever since he has been the first port of call for literate, Europhile west coasters in search of books, magazines or newspapers from the continent.’
    • ‘Of course, the speakers were cynical East coasters.’
    • ‘I know the west coasters want to keep everyone out of the area except themselves, but I had hoped we had gone beyond the little Scotlander idea.’
    • ‘With a strong population of English, Australian and South African transplants, mixed with a number of east coasters marooned in Southern California, Irvine is a unique squash melting pot.’
    • ‘Just the mention of the word ‘festival’ may still bring east coasters out in a sweat, but those who live in the west of the country never seem to get enough of these events.’
    • ‘Another goal for the East coasters gave them the lead in the second half.’
    • ‘So, I'm better than my fellow west coasters.’
    • ‘Most dishes are Japanese, although there is little, if anything, in the way of sushi (what most of us west coasters have come to think of as Japanese cuisine).’
    • ‘Unlike our friends in the east, west coasters moved on and found other things to do.’
  • 4North American A toboggan.

  • 5

    short for roller coaster
    • ‘It looks like a fairly tame family coaster at the end of the pier with round cars painted in child friendly colours.’
    • ‘I want to go on the big coasters, and the spinning ones, the ones that make you dizzy.’
    • ‘The carriages are standard coaster types, but the harnesses are noticeably different in design with a fancy clasp to cope with the thrust.’
    • ‘But technological marvels are now as common as Future Shops, and the monolithic coasters at Paramount Canada's Wonderland put Conklin's rickety haunted houses and Tilt-a-Whirls to shame.’
    • ‘Among the traditional favourites are two old-fashioned and enjoyably clattery wooden coasters, the Big Dipper and the Grand National.’
    • ‘Dubbed ‘Royal Flush,’ their homemade roller coaster has just bagged third place for most artistic coaster.’
    • ‘Some rooms face the simulated granite peaks of Grizzly River Run; others look out over the coasters and Ferris wheel of Paradise Pier.’
    • ‘With such a vast assortment of thrill rides, classic coasters and cutting-edge scream machines, all of which can be themed and customised, this is a thoroughly enjoyable theme-park toy box.’
    • ‘All of the nation's 15 fastest coasters have been built in the last 10 years.’
    • ‘Most parks ban little kids from the best rides, but Chessington's star attractions - a couple of genuine white-knuckle coasters - have been built to accommodate anybody over 3ft 11 in.’
    • ‘In 1976, we built the Corkscrew, the world's first triple-looping coaster, and that was the first year our attendance topped 3 million.’
    • ‘The technology includes higher and faster uphill sections than any existing water coaster in the country.’