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Definition of East


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Eastward.
  6. To move toward the east; to veer from the north or south toward the east; to orientate.
  7. Designating, or situated in, that part of a church which contains the choir or chancel; as, the east front of a cathedral.

East Quotations

From the world wars of Europe to the jungles of the Far East, from the deserts of the Middle East to the African continent, and even here in our own hemisphere, our veterans have made the world a better place and America the great country we are today.
John Hoeven

Attitude is attitude, whether you're a West Coast gangster or East Coast gangster, you know?
Paul Walker

I deal with cultural issues whether they be in the Middle East, Far East, the Orient or the West. You broach questions in the context of their culture and then present Christian answers.
Ravi Zacharias

The cool parts - the parts that have won Dubai its reputation as 'the Vegas of the Middle East' or 'the Venice of the Middle East' or 'the Disney World of the Middle East, if Disney World were the size of San Francisco and out in a desert' - have been built in the last ten years.
George Saunders

Much as Cold War nuclear strategists could argue about winning a nuclear war by having more survivors, advocates of a Global Warming War might see the United States, Western Europe, or Russia as better able to ride out climate disruption and manipulation than, say, China or the countries of the Middle East.
Jamais Cascio
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East Translations

east in Afrikaans is ooste
east in Afrikaans is ooste
east in Dutch is oosten
east in French is orient
east in French is est, orient
east in French is est
east in German is Osten, Osten
east in Hungarian is kelet
east in Italian is est
east in Italian is est
east in Portuguese is leste
east in Portuguese is leste
east in Portuguese is Do leste
east in Spanish is este
east in Spanish is este
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