• WordNet 3.6
    • adj east situated in or facing or moving toward the east
    • adv east to, toward, or in the east "we travelled east for several miles","located east of Rome"
    • n east a location in the eastern part of a country, region, or city
    • n East the countries of Asia
    • n East the region of the United States lying to the north of the Ohio River and to the east of the Mississippi River
    • n east the cardinal compass point that is at 90 degrees
    • n east the direction corresponding to the eastward cardinal compass point
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Additional illustrations & photos:

the Second Fortress of Abydos--the ShÛnet-ez-zebÎb--as Seen from the East the Second Fortress of Abydos--the ShÛnet-ez-zebÎb--as Seen from the East
East Front of the Rock Temple of Elephanta East Front of the Rock Temple of Elephanta
"I am going to the east." Abnaki "I am going to the east." Abnaki
East o' the Sun & West o' the Moon East o' the Sun & West o' the Moon
Comb of the tiny East Indian honey-bee Comb of the tiny East Indian honey-bee
Silver Rupee of East India Company Silver Rupee of East India Company

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The origin of apples traces back to the Middle East over 4,000 years ago
    • East (Eccl) Designating, or situated in, that part of a church which contains the choir or chancel; as, the east front of a cathedral.
    • adv East Eastward.
    • East (U. S. Hist. and Geog) 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.
    • East The eastern parts of the earth; the regions or countries which lie east of Europe; the orient. In this indefinite sense, the word is applied to Asia Minor, Syria, Chaldea, Persia, India, China, etc.; as, the riches of the East; the diamonds and pearls of the East; the kings of the East. "The gorgeous East , with richest hand,
      Showers on her kings barbaric pearl and gold."
    • East 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. "The east began kindle."
    • v. i East To move toward the east; to veer from the north or south toward the east; to orientate.
    • East 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.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Cheese was first made in the Middle East when hunters became herders and realized that milk could solidify (sour milk).
    • n east One of the four cardinal points of the compass, opposite to the west, and lying on the right hand when one faces the north; the point in the heavens where the sun is seen to rise at the equinox, or the corresponding point on the earth. Strictly, the term applies to the one point where the sun rises at the equinox; but originally and in general use it refers to the general direction. Specifically (ecclesiastical), the point of the compass toward which one is turned when facing the altar or high altar from the direction of the nave. As early as the second century it was the established custom for Christians to pray facing the east. From this resulted the custom of building churches with the altar and sanctuary at the east end and the main entrance at the west end, and of using the terms in this way even with respect to churches not so built.
    • n east The quarter or direction toward the mean point of sunrise; an eastward situation or trend; the eastern part or side: as, a town or country in the east of Europe, or on the east of a range of mountains; to travel to the east (that is, in an eastern direction).
    • n east A territory or region situated eastward of the person speaking, or of the people using the term. Specifically—a) [capitalized] The parts of Asia collectively (as lying east of Europe) where civilization has existed from early times, including Asia Minor, Syria, Arabia, India, China, etc.: as, the riches of the East; the spices and perfumes of the East; the kings of the East. Also called the Orient.
    • n east In the Bible, the countries southeast, east, and northeast of Palestine, as Moab, Ammon, Arabia Deserta, Armenia, Assyria, Babylon, Parthia. The countries designated by the term in particular passages must be discovered from the context.
    • n east [capitalized] In the United States, in a restricted sense, New England; in a more general sense, the whole eastern or Atlantic portion of the country, as distinguished from the West.
    • n east [capitalized] In church hist., the church in the Eastern Empire and countries adjacent, especially those on the east, as “the West” is the church in the Western Empire: as, the great schism between East and West.
    • n east The east wind.
    • east Situated in the direction of the rising sun, or toward the point where the sun rises when in the equinoctial: as, the east side; an east window.
    • east Coming from the direction of the east: only in the phrase the or an east wind.
    • east Eccles., situated beyond or in the direction of the altar or high altar of a church as seen from the nave: as, the east end of the choirstalls.
    • east Abbreviated E.
    • east In an easterly direction; eastward: as, he went east.
    • east Eccles., toward the point conventionally regarded as the east; in the direction of or beyond the altar as seen from the nave: as, the chapel east of the choir is commonly called the Lady Chapel.
    • east To move toward the east; turn or veer toward the east.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Three Wise Men of the East brought gold, frankincense and myrrh to the infant Jesus. Frankincense is a gum resin used as a base for incense. Myrrh, also a gum resin, was valued as a perfume and unguent used in embalming.
    • n East ēst that part of the heavens where the sun first shines or rises: one of the four cardinal points of the compass
    • adj East toward the rising of the sun
    • adv East on the east: toward the east
    • ***


  • James Russell Lowell
    “There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.”
  • Ella Wheeler Wilcox
    “One ship drives east and other drives west by the same winds that blow. It's the set of the sails and not the gales that determines the way they go.”
  • Philip Guedalla
    Philip Guedalla
    “Biography is a very definite region bounded on the north by history, on the south by fiction, on the east by obituary, and on the west by tedium.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “One strength of the communist system of the East is that it has some of the character of a religion and inspires the emotions of a religion.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Send danger from the east unto the west, so honor cross it from the north to south.”
  • Rudyard Kipling
    “And the end of the fight is a tombstone white with the name of the late deceased, and the epitaph drear: A Fool lies here who tried to hustle the East.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. est, east, AS. eást,; akin to D. oost, oosten, OHG. ōstan, G. ost, osten, Icel. austr, Sw. ost, Dan. öst, östen, Lith. auszra, dawn, L. aurora,for ausosa,), Gr. 'hw`s "e`os 'a`yws, Skr. ushas,; cf. Skr. ush, to burn, L. urere,. √149, 288. Cf. Aurora Easter Sterling


In literature:

Here we have two races, the Aryan of the East and the Aryan of the West, standing face to face.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
The sweater moved into the East Side tenements.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
East Machias, First, 10.
"The American Missionary -- Volume 54, No. 2, April, 1900" by Various
She saw the great gray walls that had protected Constantinople against barbarian invaders from East and West for a thousand years.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
When you start in, it'll be at one of them schools in the East where they make a speshulty of western heiresses.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
That was the way white men came into the country east of the Rockies, in the far North.
"The Young Alaskans on the Trail" by Emerson Hough
Taking a few more steps, Owl Carver placed himself facing east, with Iron Knife and Gray Cloud on his right.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Grave anxiety was thus felt for the maintenance of peace in the Far East.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
On his two outmost flanks, in East Prussia and East Galicia, nothing but defensive actions were contemplated.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
Von Hipper turns east to avoid cap.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"
Then off the east end we saw a big swordfish leap five times.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
The British bombarded German positions opposite Richebourg l'Avoue, east of Armentieres and Ypres.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
The ruins are in fine preservation, and effigies of Stephen and Maud are on each side of the great east window.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
Dr. Rink conjectured that it possibly proceeded from the Eskimo on the east coast of Greenland.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
The original east end was square.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
In Rhode Island, on the east shore of upper Narragansett Bay was the royal seat of Montaup, or Mount Hope, at the village Pokanoket.
"Boys' Book of Indian Warriors" by Edwin L. Sabin
Ah, somewhere East, of course.
"Cavalry of the Clouds" by Alan Bott
Passing along the Ridgeway to the east, we soon come to cultivated land.
"Tom Brown at Rugby" by Thomas Hughes
Hannibal took refuge in the East.
"Ancient Rome" by Mary Agnes Hamilton
That of Lecce, to the east-south-east again, is a low flat limestone terrace.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3" by Various

In poetry:

Star-lorn, staring,
The East goes white!
Is a Terror faring
Up the steep of night?
"Break Of Day" by John Gneisenau Neihardt
Gently from the east
Come the shadows gray;
But our lowly priest
Nearer is than they.
"Antiphon" by George MacDonald
And to East and West,
To the South and North--
Flies thy louder fame
Through the wide world forth!
"To Russia" by Ivan Nikitin
We be the Gods of the East—
Older than all—
Masters of Mourning and Feast—
How shall we fall?
"Gods of the East" by Rudyard Kipling
Amarillis was full fayre:
The goodlyest mayde was she
From the east unto the west
That heaven's eye could se.
"The Faire Amarillis" by Edward Dyer
Roses, roses all his song!
Roses in a gorgeous feast!
Roses in a royal throng,
Surging, rosing from the east!
"Song of A Poor Pilgrim" by George MacDonald

In news:

Kelsey Klingel (Mankato West), David Huggins (Mankato West), Caleb Paarmann (Mankato East) and Caitlin Clause (Mankato East) are expected to be among the top skiers on their respective teams for this year's high school Alpine ski season.
EAST NAPLES — Frank Komorowski of East Naples was lying in a Naples operating room, under the sleepy twilight of anesthesia, when he heard a nurse yelling.
The presidents of the Big East 's seven Catholic, non-Football Bowl Subdivision schools are expected to decide on their future in the Big East in the coming days and it "would be an upset" if they remained in the league, sources told ESPN.
If you live west of the East River , and east of the Hudson.
The police yesterday identified a body found floating in the East River on Tuesday afternoon as that of a Russian woman who vanished two months ago while walking her dog on the Upper East Side.
Upper East Side Developer Michael Bolla Puts His Money on Reviving the Jewish Lower East Side .
East End Officials United in a Renewed Call for an Atlantic Helicopter Route into The East Hampton Airport.
It's the front porch of the home of Michelle "Boo" Lorenzo and Jan Zamperini, located at 709 East Mahoning St Halloween will be celebrated from 6 to 9 pm Saturday during the fourth annual East End Trick-or-Treat event.
Years ago, wanting to know the precise boundaries of the East End, I asked the late Richard Overby, who I considered to be an East Ender.
An East Stroudsburg tractor-trailer driver faces charges after police say he caused a chain-reaction crash involving eight passenger vehicles on Interstate 80 East on Wednesday morning.
The Big East moved quickly to replace Rutgers and braced for more possible departures, getting Tulane and East Carolina to agree to join the re-invented conference in 2014.
A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Tulane University is joining the Big East as a full member in 2014 and East Carolina will be joining as a football-only member.
The shuffle among college conferences continued Tuesday as Tulane and East Carolina announced they would leave Conference USA to join the Big East Conference.
Tulane is joining the Big East as a full member in 2014 and East Carolina will also be joining the rebuilding conference for football only, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.
(AP) — Departing for the Big East Conference in 2013, Central Florida enters its final Conference USA schedule hoping to turn around its recent luck against an East Carolina team that has dominated it the past five years.

In science:

Let aλ (s), lλ (s) be the number of dots in λ strictly to the east and south of s, and let hλ (s) = aλ (s) + lλ (s) + 1.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
The south, west and east polar regions are defined analogously.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
In all panels North is up, and East is to the left.
The Chandra Deep Survey of the Hubble Deep Field North Area. IV. An Ultradeep Image of the HDF-N
Straight road: the first vehicle heads to the East, the other one starts from the opposite end of the road, heading to the West.
Generating a 3D Simulation of a Car Accident from a Written Description in Natural Language: the CarSim System
Turn: The first vehicle starts heading to the East, then turns to the Left.
Generating a 3D Simulation of a Car Accident from a Written Description in Natural Language: the CarSim System
Miyata & Tsunemi (1999) observed an area just to the East in a study of elemental abundances and they favored idea that the blastwave has recently reached the wall of a cavity.
Far Ultraviolet Spectra of a Non-Radiative Shock Wave in the Cygnus Loop
In both panels North is up and East is left.
The Galaxy Cluster RBS380: Xray and Optical Analysis
Distributions with completely monotone probability sequences, Far East J.
A Note on Maximum and Minimum Stability of Certain Distributions
The southern wind does not show such an obvious HI ‘hole’ as the northern wind, but the X-ray ridge is interesting, lying at the southern edge of the large HI streamer extending to the east.
First Look XMM-Newton EPIC Observations of the Prototypical Starburst Galaxy M82
The X-Y scales are in pixels; North is up, and East to the left; the center of the galaxy is indicated.
Optical Counterparts of X-Ray Point Sources Observed by CHANDRA in NGC5128: 20 New Globular Cluster X-Ray Sources
We assume that the central core is at the position of peak emission in the unresolved images, which corresponds more closely to the south-east than the north-west point of emission in Fig. 1; for comparison the MERLIN spatial resolution is 40 mas and the position error is ∼ 10 mas.
A radio jet in the prototypical symbiotic star Z And?
UV and [O II] emission to the east of the galaxy that may fall at the boundaries of the eastern lobe (seen in pro jection on the sky).
The Aligned z ~ 1 Radio Galaxy 3C 280
In the optical spectra, [O III] λ4363 was detectable only in the central component and W , not in the extended emission line gas to the east, E 1 and E 2.
The Aligned z ~ 1 Radio Galaxy 3C 280
We have carried out a similar analysis on the spectrum extracted from a region ∼ 1.′′3 east of the nucleus that is reasonably clear of observed structure in the HST WFPC2 images.
The Aligned z ~ 1 Radio Galaxy 3C 280
As a check on this model, we can estimate the relative flux expected from the spheroidal component at the position of our “clear” region east of the nucleus and at the position of component c from the NICMOS F160W image and compare this ratio to that for our scaling of the 3 Gyr populations in these two regions.
The Aligned z ~ 1 Radio Galaxy 3C 280