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  Dictionary Definition of east

east
noun
1. a cardinal point of the compass (90 degrees to the right of north), corresponding to the point where the sun is seen to rise.
2. the direction in which this point lies.
3. ( lower case or cap. ) a quarter or territory situated in this direction.
-- adjective
4. directed or proceeding towards the east: the east route.
5. coming from the east: an east wind.
6. lying towards or situated in the east: the east side.
7. Ecclesiastical towards the altar as situated with respect to the nave.
-- adverb
8. towards or in the east: he went east.
9. from the east.
-- phrase
10. the East, a. Asia (as lying east of Europe and usually as culturally distinct from it and the West); the Orient. b. eastern Australia.
[ME est, OE east, c. MHG ost, G Osten, noun See EASTER ]