AskDefine | Define east

Dictionary Definition

east adj : situated in or facing or moving toward the east [ant: west]

Noun

1 the cardinal compass point that is at 90 degrees [syn: due east, E]
2 the countries of Asia [syn: Orient]
3 the region of the United States lying north of the Ohio River and east of the Mississippi River [syn: eastern United States] adv : to, toward, or in the east; "we travelled east for several miles"

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English

Pronunciation

  • /iːst/
  • /i:st/
  • Rhymes with: -iːst

Etymology

etyl ang east

Noun

  1. 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.
    • 1895: Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure — In a few hours the birds come to it from all points of the compass – east, west, north, and south...

Translations

compass point

Adjective

  1. Situated or lying in or towards the east; eastward.
  2. wind from the east
  3. Of or pertaining to the east; eastern.
  4. From the East; oriental.

Translations

in or towards the east
meteorology: wind from the east
of or pertaining to the east
from the East

Adverb

  1. towards the east; eastwards

Synonyms

Translations

towards the east
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Related terms

Anagrams

Old English

Pronunciation

/æ:ast/|lang=ang

Etymology

Common *austam from the root . Cognate with Old Frisian āst, Old Saxon ost (Dutch oost, Old High German ōst (German Osten, Old Norse austr The IE root is also the source of Latin auster, Latvian austrumi, Common Slavic *utro

Noun

  1. the east

Adjective

  1. eastern, easterly

Adverb

  1. from the east
  2. towards the east

West Frisian

Noun

  1. east

Adjective

  1. east, eastern, easterly

Extensive Definition

East is a direction in geography. It is one of the four cardinal directions or compass points, opposite of west and at right angles to north and south. East is the direction toward which the Earth rotates about its axis, and therefore the general direction from which the Sun appears to rise.
The etymology of east is from a Proto-Indo-European language word for dawn, *hausos. Cf. Latin aurora and Greek eōs. Eostre, a Germanic goddess of dawn, might have been a personification of both dawn and the cardinal point.
By convention, an ordinary terrestrial map is oriented so the right side is east. This convention dates from the Renaissance. Many medieval maps were oriented with the Orient (the East) east at the top, which is the source of the verb orient.
east in Tosk Albanian: Osten
east in Arabic: شرق
east in Azerbaijani: Şərq
east in Bosnian: Istok (strana svijeta)
east in Breton: Reter
east in Bulgarian: Изток
east in Catalan: Est
east in Czech: Východ
east in Corsican: Estu
east in German: Osten
east in Estonian: Ida
east in Modern Greek (1453-): Ανατολή
east in Spanish: Este
east in Esperanto: Oriento
east in Basque: Ekialde (geografikoa)
east in Persian: خاور
east in French: Est
east in Galician: Leste
east in Classical Chinese: 東
east in Korean: 동쪽
east in Indonesian: Timur
east in Icelandic: Austur
east in Italian: Est
east in Hebrew: מזרח
east in Kurdish: Rojhilat
east in Lithuanian: Rytai
east in Lingala: Monyɛlɛ
east in Lombard: Est
east in Dutch: Oost
east in Nepali: पूर्व
east in Japanese: 東
east in Norwegian: Øst
east in Norwegian Nynorsk: Aust
east in Narom: Êt
east in Occitan (post 1500): Èst
east in Polish: Wschód
east in Portuguese: Leste
east in Romanian: Est
east in Quechua: Anti
east in Russian: Восток
east in Simple English: East
east in Slovak: Východ (svetová strana)
east in Church Slavic: Въстокъ
east in Slovenian: Vzhod
east in Serbian: Исток
east in Serbo-Croatian: Istok
east in Finnish: Itä
east in Swedish: Öster
east in Tamil: கிழக்கு
east in Thai: ทิศตะวันออก
east in Vietnamese: Hướng Đông
east in Turkish: Doğu
east in Ukrainian: Схід
east in Venetian: Est
east in Walloon: Levant (costé del Daegne)
east in Yiddish: מיזרח
east in Contenese: 東
east in Samogitian: Rītā
east in Chinese: 東

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

E, antarctic, arctic, austral, boreal, cardinal points, compass card, compass rose, degrees, eastabout, eastbound, easterly, eastermost, eastern, easternmost, eastward, eastwardly, eastwards, half points, hyperborean, lubber line, meridional, north, northbound, northeast, northeasterly, northeastern, northerly, northern, northernmost, northward, northwest, northwesterly, northwestern, occident, occidental, orient, oriental, quarter points, rhumb, south, southbound, southeast, southeasterly, southeastern, southerly, southern, southernmost, southward, southwest, southwesterly, southwestern, sunrise, sunset, west, westbound, westerly, western, westernmost, westwardAfrica, America, Antipodes, Asia, Asia Major, Asia Minor, Australasia, Dixie, Dixieland, Down East, East Coast, Eastern Hemisphere, Eurasia, Europe, Far East, Levant, Middle Atlantic, Middle East, Middle West, Near East, New England, New World, North, North Central region, Northeast, Northwest, Occident, Oceania, Old World, Orient, Pacific Northwest, South, Southeast, Southwest, Sunbelt, West, West Coast, Western Hemisphere, Yankeeland, continent, down under, eastland, landmass, northland, the Coast, the old country, westland, wild West
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