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East meaning

east - 8 dictionary results

  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. Eastward.
  5. 5. To move toward the east; to veer from the north or south toward the east; to orientate.
  6. 6. Designating, or situated in, that part of a church which contains the choir or chancel; as, the east front of a cathedral.
  7. 7. At or from the east.
  8. 8. Quarter of the heavens where the sun rises; region lying to the east.

east - examples of usage

  1. But everything on the way was as quiet as on the East Side. - "A Hazard of New Fortunes, Part Fifth", William Dean Howells.
  2. Then she went down East Street towards the sea. - "The Beautiful Wretch; The Pupil of Aurelius; and The Four Macnicols", William Black.
  3. Is it in the North or the South, the East or the West? - "America To-day, Observations and Reflections", William Archer.
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