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Definition of "east" []

  • The cardinal point on the mariner's compass 90° clockwise from due north and directly opposite west. (noun)
  • The direction of the earth's axial rotation. (noun)
  • An area or region lying in the east. (noun)
  • The eastern part of the earth, especially eastern Asia. (noun)
  • The eastern part of a region or country. (noun)
  • One of the four cardinal points of the compass, 90° clockwise from north and 180° from west (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The direction along a parallel towards the sunrise, at 90° to north; the direction of the earth's rotation (noun)
  • The player or position at the table corresponding to east on the compass (noun)
  • Situated in, moving towards, or facing the east (adjective)
  • (esp of the wind) from the east (adjective)
  • In, to, or towards the east (adverb)
  • (of the wind) from the east (adverb)

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Use "east" in a sentence
  • "It needs no labored argument to prove that the concept of plurality is here hardly less concrete than that of location “in the east, ” and that the Yana form corresponds in feeling not so much to our “They burn in the east” (ardunt oriente) as to a “Burn-several-east-s, it plurally burns in the east, ” an expression which we cannot adequately assimilate for lack of the necessary form-grooves into which to run it."
  • "A little south of east the constellation of the Scorpion was fully up, with red Antares glowing in its neck; while dominating, majestic Jupiter swam, an hour and a half risen, in the east— (no moon till after 11.)"
  • ""Well, and ain't we goin 'due north just now, so that the coast lies away on our left, an' for the last three hours you've bin bearin 'away to the _right_, something like nor' and by east, if it's not nor '_east_ an' by east, the coast being all the while on yer port beam, you grampus -- that's so, ain't it?""