east

n., adj., & adv.
—n.
1 a the point of the horizon where the sun rises at the equinoxes (cardinal point 90° to the right of north). b the compass point corresponding to this. c the direction in which this lies.
2 (usu. the East) a the regions or countries lying to the east of Europe. b the Communist States of eastern Europe.
3 the eastern part of a country, town, etc.
4 (East) Bridge a player occupying the position designated 'east'.
—adj.
1 towards, at, near, or facing east.
2 coming from the east (east wind).
—adv.
1 towards, at, or near the east.
2 (foll. by of) further east than.
Phrases and idioms:
East End the part of London east of the City as far as the River Lea. East Ender an inhabitant of the East End. East Indiaman hist. a large ship engaged in trade with the East Indies. East Indies the islands etc. east of India, esp. the Malay archipelago. east-north (or -south) -east the direction or compass point midway between east and north-east (or south-east). to the east (often foll. by of) in an easterly direction.
Etymology: OE east- f. Gmc

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • East — ([=e]st), n. [OE. est, east, AS. e[ a]st; akin to D. oost, oosten, OHG. [=o]stan, G. ost, osten, Icel. austr, Sw. ost, Dan. [ o]st, [ o]sten, Lith. auszra dawn, L. aurora (for ausosa), Gr. hw s, e os, a yws, Skr. ushas; cf. Skr. ush to burn, L.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • East — East, a. 1. Toward the rising sun; or toward the point where the sun rises when in the equinoctial; as, the east gate; the east border; the east side; the east wind is a wind that blows from the east. [1913 Webster] 2. (Eccl.) Designating, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • East — East, v. i. To move toward the east; to veer from the north or south toward the east; to orientate. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • East — East, adv. Eastward. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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