- the direction to the right of a person facing north; direction in which sunrise occurs: it is properly the point on the horizon at which the center of the sun rises at the equinox
- the point on a compass at 90°, directly opposite west
- a region or district in or toward this direction
Origin of eastMiddle English est ; from Old English east, akin to German osten, Old Norse austr ; from Germanic base an unverified form aust-, dawn ; from Indo-European base an unverified form awes-, to shine, dawn from source Classical Latin aurora, dawn, aurum, gold
- in, of, to, toward, or facing the east
- from the east: an east wind
- designating the eastern part of a continent, country, etc.: East Africa
- in, of, or toward the altar of a church
in or toward the east; in an easterly direction
- ⌂ the eastern part of the U.S.; specif.,
- the part east of the Allegheny Mountains, from Me. through Md.
- the part east of the Mississippi and north of the Ohio
- the Eastern Hemisphere; specif., Asia and the nearby islands
- Abbr. Ea. The cardinal point on the mariner's compass 90° clockwise from due north and directly opposite west.b. The direction of the earth's axial rotation.
- An area or region lying in the east.
- often Easta. The eastern part of the earth, especially eastern Asia.b. The eastern part of a region or country.
- often Easta. The region of the United States east of the Allegheny Mountains and north of the Mason-Dixon Line.b. The former Communist bloc of countries in Asia and especially in Eastern Europe.
- To, toward, of, facing, or in the east: the east bank of the river.
- Originating in or coming from the east: a cool east wind.
In, from, or toward the east: a river flowing east.
Origin of eastMiddle English est, from Old English &emacron;ast; see aus- in Indo-European roots.
- One of the four principal compass points, specifically 90°, conventionally directed to the right on maps; the direction of the rising sun at an equinox.
- (personification) The wind from the east.
- The Eastern world; the regions, primarily situated in the Eastern Hemisphere, whose culture is derived from India or China.
- The Eastern Bloc; the eastern countries of Europe.
- (historical) the Soviet Union and its socialist allies during the Cold War.
- The eastern states of the United States.
- The eastern part of any region.