• WordNet 3.6
    • n easter a wind from the east
    • n Easter a Christian celebration of the Resurrection of Christ; celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During the Easter season, 600 million Marshmallow Peeps are bought my Americans. The Marshmallow Peep is the most popular Easter candy besides chocolate
    • Easter An annual church festival commemorating Christ's resurrection, and occurring on Sunday, the second day after Good Friday. It corresponds to the pascha or passover of the Jews, and most nations still give it this name under the various forms of pascha pasque pâque, or pask.
    • Easter The day on which the festival is observed; Easter day. "Sundays by thee more glorious break,
      An Easter day in every week."
    • v. i Easter (Naut) To veer to the east; -- said of the wind.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Easter is the first Sunday after the first Full Moon after March 21.
    • n Easter A festival observed in the Christian church, from early times, in commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It corresponds with the Passover of the Jews, which in the King James version of the Bible is called once by the name of Easter (Acts xii. 4). The name appears several times in earlier versions. Easter is observed by the Greek, Roman Catholic, Episcopal, and Lutheran churches, and by many among the non-liturgical churches who do not generally regard the church year. The esteem in which it is held is indicated by its ancient title, “the great day.” Easter is the Sunday which follows that 14th day of the calendar moon which falls upon or next after the 21st day of March. This is true both of old style and new, and the rule has been used, though not universally, from a very early day.
    • Easter Of or pertaining to Easter.
    • Easter In the English universities, a term held in the spring and lasting for about six weeks after Easter.
    • Easter Eastern; easterly.
    • Easter To change toward the east, as the wind; move toward the east, as the head of a vessel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: One of the holiest Christian holidays is named after a pagan goddess. The name "Easter" derives from the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre, who governed the vernal equinox.
    • adjs Easter toward the east: connected with the east: dwelling in the east
    • n Easter ēst′ėr a Christian festival commemorating the resurrection of Christ, held on the Sunday after Good-Friday
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. eáster, eástran, paschal feast, Easter; akin to G. ostern,; fr. AS. Eástre, a goddess of light or spring, in honor of whom a festival was celebrated in April; whence this month was called in AS. Eástermōnað,. From the root of E. east,. See East
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. éastre; Ger. ostern. Bede derives the word from Eastre, a goddess whose festival was held at the spring equinox.


In literature:

She saw again the darkness gathering under the trees, the black shadows of the bushes and the Easter moon above!
"The Girls of St. Olave's" by Mabel Mackintosh
The Easter services that year, 1858, were very delightful.
"Sketches of Our Life at Sarawak" by Harriette McDougall
The 8th of that month was Easter Day.
"In Convent Walls" by Emily Sarah Holt
St Roque's was very fair to see that Easter morning.
"The Perpetual Curate" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
It was too near Easter for mirth.
"Robin Tremayne" by Emily Sarah Holt
Having, then, a Paschal Lamb and a true Easter, let us rightly value them.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
This feast corresponded to our Easter.
"The Astronomy of the Bible" by E. Walter Maunder
As he was about to drink and end his woes, the choir from the chapel began to sing an Easter hymn.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
See, I've brought you some Easter lilies.
"The Faith Healer" by William Vaughn Moody
On Easter Sunday the life-drama was as good as finished.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

In poetry:

Wind roses on forehead,
low water, plums, pearls,
Easter Sundays.
And this sailboat without sails!
"Invention Of Orpheus ( chant I, parts I, II, III )" by Jorge Mateus de Lima
On that lovely Easter morning,
Mary and others came near,
The angel solved the mystery,
"He's risen, He is not here."
"The Easter Man" by Frank Barbour Coffin
The songs that I sing
Should have told you an Easter story
Of a long sweet Spring
With its gold and its feasts and its glory.
"At The End" by Thomas MacDonagh
Is there a heart that loves the spring,
Their witness can refuse?
Yet mortals doubt, when angels bring
From Heaven their Easter news:
"Tuesday In Easter Week" by John Keble
She had that vision of her son
When by the moon asleep she lay --
And woke to singing birds and dew,
And knew that it was Easter Day.
"The Vision: (Katia: Easter Sunday, 1916)" by Katharine Tynan
Or, if she think, it is in scorn:
The vernal light of Easter morn
To her dark gaze no brighter seems
Than Reason's or the Law's pale beams.
"Easter Day" by John Keble

In news:

Our Hall-of-Famer-to-be, Dick Easterly , has two thoughts he'd like to share.
Stacy Easterly and Jason Johnson exchange wedding vows.
Stacy Easterly and Jason Johnson set wedding for July 28.
Bill Easterly on "Why Nations Fail".
Richard Eugene Easterly , age 82, passed away Monday, August 22, 2011, at his home.
Jeff and Jenny Easterly and Dr Russell and Kay Gibson celebrate Dr Easterly 's return to Blount County with an open house at their office, Appalachian Primary Care, 129 Montgomery Lane.
Construction work will begin on Monday at the intersection of Easterly Parkway and University Drive to fix the arm of the traffic signal and the pavement.
Arie Jenkins, an eight- year-old from Milton, Fla. Celebrated her Easter at the White House this year.
President Obama and his wife, Michelle, kicked off a sun-splashed Easter Egg Roll at the White House, with thousands of kids and their parents packing the South Lawn on Monday.
The 134th annual White House Easter Egg Roll .
White House Easter egg roll has been around since the late 19th century.
The First Family played an active role in hosting the White House Easter egg roll this year.
President Barack Obama greets children on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 9, 2012, during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll .
Related Stories for Obama kicks off annual Easter Egg Roll .
Obama kicks off 134th annual Easter Egg Roll .

In science:

The brightest emission comes from the northern quadrant of the ring and sweeps around in a clockwise direction along the western quadrant of the ring. A filament of H I extends from the ring in a south-easterly direction, pointing to a region between G1 and G2.
The Head-on Collision between Two Gas-Rich Galaxies: Neutral Hydrogen Debris from the Centrally-smooth Ring Galaxy VIIZw466
A MERLIN image of this highly polarized QSO shows a secondary component 3′′ away from the core (Reid et al. 1995). A highresolution 43 GHz image of the core region by Lister (2001) shows a jet that starts out in an easterly direction and curves over 90◦ to the north.
Sub-Milliarcsecond Imaging of Quasars and Active Galactic Nuclei. II. Additional Sources
The second one corresponds to a rare, easterly flow regime bringing warm, dry air into the region.
Extreme Associated Functions: Optimally Linking Local Extremes to Large-scale Atmospheric Circulation Structures
In addition to this circulation anomaly, the method finds anoth er pattern that occurs less often; EAF2 corresponds to an easterly flow regime bringing warm dry continental air masses to the Netherlands.
Extreme Associated Functions: Optimally Linking Local Extremes to Large-scale Atmospheric Circulation Structures
Option (b) gives a more localized Z 500 anomaly pattern, with a warm, easterly flow into the Netherlands.
Extreme Associated Functions: Optimally Linking Local Extremes to Large-scale Atmospheric Circulation Structures