Meaning of EAST in English


adv eastward.

2. east ·vi to move toward the east; to veer from the north or south toward the east; to orientate.

3. east ·add. ·adj designating, or situated in, that part of a church which contains the choir or chancel; as, the east front of a cathedral.

4. east ·adj 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.

5. east ·noun the eastern parts of the earth; the regions or countries which lie east of europe; the orient. in this indefinite sense, the word is applied to asia minor, syria, chaldea, persia, india, china, ·etc.; as, the riches of the east; the diamonds and pearls of the east; the kings of the east.

6. east ·noun the point in the heavens where the sun is seen to rise at the equinox, or the corresponding point on the earth; that one of the four cardinal points of the compass which is in a direction at right angles to that of north and south, and which is toward the right hand of one who faces the north; the point directly opposite to the west.

7. east ·noun formerly, the part of the united states east of the alleghany mountains, ·esp. the eastern, or new england, states; now, commonly, the whole region east of the mississippi river, ·esp. that which is north of maryland and the ohio river;

— usually with the definite article; as, the commerce of the east is not independent of the agriculture of the west.

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