Definition of east in English:

east

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noun

(usually the east)
  • 1The direction towards the point of the horizon where the sun rises at the equinoxes, on the right-hand side of a person facing north: a gale was blowing from the east the Atlantic Ocean to the east of Florida
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    • 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.
  • 1.1The compass point corresponding to east.
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    • The prime meridian is the line that separates geographic east from west on the globe.
    • When that happens, the Sun is rising due east, setting due west, and daylight lasts as long as night.
  • 2The eastern part of the world or of a specified country, region, or town: a factory in the east of the city
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    • 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.
  • 2.1 (the East) The regions or countries lying to the east of Europe, especially China, Japan, and India: the protection of trade routes to the East
  • 2.2 (the East) historical The former communist states of eastern Europe: the centrally planned system of the East
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    • Hitler made it very clear that war in the East was to be like no other war fought by Germany.
    • Finally, the material plenty of the West appeared in sharp contrast to the depravity of the East.
  • 3 (East) [as name] Bridge The player sitting to the left of North and partnering West: East passes and you respond one heart
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    • West would follow with a higher card and East would then have played two trumps to West's one.

adjective

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  • 1Lying towards, near, or facing the east: the hospital’s east wing
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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.
  • 1.1(Of a wind) blowing from the east: a biting east wind
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    eastern, easterly, eastwardly, oriental
  • 2Of or denoting the eastern part of a specified region, town, or country: East Fife East African
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    • 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.
  • 3Situated in the part of a church containing the altar or high altar, usually the actual east: the liturgical east window is actually in the south wall
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    • 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.

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Origin

Old English ēast-, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch oost and German ost, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin aurora, Greek auōs 'dawn'.

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