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 FloridaMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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 cityMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.2 (the East) • historical The former communist states of eastern Europe: the centrally planned system of the EastMore example sentences
- 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 heartMore example sentences
- West would follow with a higher card and East would then have played two trumps to West's one.
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- 1Lying towards, near, or facing the east: the hospital’s east wingMore example sentences
- 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 windMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2Of or denoting the eastern part of a specified region, town, or country: East Fife East AfricanMore example sentences
- 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 wallMore example sentences
- 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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- To or towards the east: travelling east, he met two men the river rises east of BrentfordMore example sentences
- 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.
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'.