Definition of east in English:
noun(usually the east)
- To the east of the road rise the lower slopes of a mountain range dominated by no less than seven Munros, the highest group of hills in Britain south of Tayside.
- From the patio where I work I have a view of the bay of Cassis and the beautiful cliffs that rise to the east of it.
- You know, Mojave is north and to the east of Los Angeles.
- Plans to build 750 extra homes took a step forward after district councillors formally adopted a development brief for the east of the town.
- The sun had started to show its tip upon the east of the town by the time the three had settled down to finally rest.
- The reason for the council's new move is its bid to make Colchester the best looking town in the east of England.
- People of all backgrounds spread out across the vast expanse of the burgeoning country, establishing farms and towns far from the older cities of the east.
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- Winds have pushed the east flank of the fire towards Big Bear Lake.
- It was situated on the east bank where the river entered the great lake, Tallian.
- I entered the United Methodist Church on the far east side of Alexandria.
- Leaning against the rail, she let the east wind blow into her face.
- Then there are winter days when the east wind blows, scouring the sky of clouds and freezing the dunes hard as marble.
- In the past the water discoloured after three days of the east wind blowing.
- It was believed that the east window of the church dated back to the Reformation period.
- All this glass almost certainly came from the east chancel window, in the tracery lights of which the Lovell arms were to be seen until recently.
- There is an inscription to Frances Matthew beside the great east window of the Minster.
- In the summer we would head back to east Cork to the town of Castlemartyr, which was the home of Coláiste Ultáin where my father himself had been educated.
- The Killarney electoral area, which takes in the town and rural east Kerry, is perhaps the most competitive in Kerry this time.
- The first port of call was set to be Eastlea Community School in Canning Town, east London.
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- The corridor begins ~ 4.5 km east of Bloomington and runs east past Nashville.
- Rough weather tends to follow my travels east into Louisiana.
- Our friend who moved to California in May for a new job has quit the job and headed back east.
All of the words for compass points are Old English. East is from an ancient root shared by the Latin word for dawn, aurora (as in the aurora borealis (early 19th century), or northern lights). It is also related to Easter, another Old English word, which is probably connected with Ēastre, the name of a Germanic goddess associated with spring and the dawn. The title of the James Dean film East of Eden ( 1955) is taken from the Book of Genesis: ‘And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.’
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