east

adverb
\ ˈēst \

Definition of east

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to, toward, or in the east

east

adjective

Definition of east (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : situated toward or at the east an east window
2 : coming from the east an east wind

east

noun

Definition of east (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : the general direction of sunrise : the direction toward the right of one facing north
b : the compass point directly opposite to west

2 capitalized

a : regions lying to the east of a specified or implied point of orientation
b : regions having a culture derived from ancient non-European especially Asian areas
3 : the altar end of a church

4 often capitalized

a : the one of four positions at 90-degree intervals that lies to the east or at the right of a diagram
b : a person (such as a bridge player) occupying this position in the course of a specified activity

Examples of east in a Sentence

Adjective

the east side of town

Noun

The city is framed by mountain ranges to the east and west. The wind blew from the east. This summer has been unusually hot in the East.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, where the 2011 meltdown occurred in the wake of a 7.0-magnitude earthquake, is 75 miles east, separated by several mountain ridges that prevented dangerous radiation from reaching this area. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Slow Skiing in Japan's Deep North," 11 Oct. 2018 Methow Valley is some 200 miles east of Seattle, part of a remote wilderness. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "A Modern Second-Home Retreat for Seattle’s Tech Elite," 19 Sep. 2018 Felicity Karam was with family in the town of Wentzville, which is 40 miles east of St. Louis. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Missouri toddler killed after getting hit by ice cream truck, report says," 18 Sep. 2018 Chris, with wind speeds of 105 mph, is about 315 miles east of the North Carolina coast and is on an northeasterly track that will keep it away from the East Coast of the United States. Joseph A. Gambardello, Philly.com, "Increased risk of rip currents at the Shore," 11 July 2018 In this 2,400-person town, about 15 miles east of Jonesboro, catfish are a familiar sight—whether in ponds or in the nearby St. Francis River, says Brenda Hutcheson, a town historian, retired teacher and longtime member of the city council. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "The Never-Before-Told Story of Kelly Orgeron, Colorful Wife of LSU's Colorful Head Coach," 2 July 2018 Ashburn is about 35 miles east of Albany and is located in Turner County. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "BREAKING: 8 shot at Ashburn nightclub; no fatalities, police say," 30 June 2018 The restaurant is just east of the Tanger Outlets, on 95th and Glendale Avenue. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "4 things you should know before heading to the new Twin Peaks restaurant in Glendale," 7 June 2018 The royal beagle is originally from Montgomery County Animal Shelter in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky — about 35 miles east of Lexington. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Meet Guy, Meghan Markle's royal beagle puppy from Kentucky," 22 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

During an earlier wave of inter-Korean diplomacy between 1998 and 2008, an arm of the Hyundai conglomerate operated a tourist resort at North Korea’s Mount Kumgang scenic area, close to the border on the east side of the Korean Peninsula. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, "Entrepreneurs Weigh a Return to North Korea," 27 Nov. 2018 Bashir was among a group of 75 people from Ethiopia, Iraq, Sudan and Syria whose fishing boat landed on the shores of RAF Akrotiri on this tiny, east Mediterranean island nation in October 1998. Menelaos Hadjicostis, The Seattle Times, "After 20-year wait, refugee sees ‘bright future’ in UK," 4 Dec. 2018 The 21-year-old didn't wear a coat despite the east coast chills. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner Wore an IRO Denim Jumpsuit While on Tour With Travis Scott and Stormi," 30 Nov. 2018 Princi, the new bakery, is opening its first east coast chapter on Thursday, October 25 in New York City, Refinery29 reports. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "Starbucks Opens Princi Bakery in New York City," 18 Oct. 2018 The wind shifted again, now west southwest, and the fire ran to the east northeast. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Charred and Burned: The School That Turns Firefighters Into Fire Detectives," 4 Oct. 2018 The quake was about 19 miles deep and had an epicenter about a mile east-southeast of Loloan, according to the USGS. Travis Fedschun, Mike Arroyo, Fox News, "More than 90 killed after 6.9 magnitude earthquake strikes Indonesia's Lombok Island, near Bali," 2 Oct. 2018 The rock itself appears to be an east-west set cushion-cut with about four carats in it. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra Just (Maybe) Debuted Her Engagement Ring," 15 Aug. 2018 Current Time 0:00 / Duration 2:13 Baby found dead on Cochran Avenue in east Macon Advertisement The Bibb County sheriff’s office responded Thursday, May 24, 2018, to a report of an unresponsive infant at 1113 Cochran Avenue. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Dad smothered screaming infant daughter — then tried to shock her back to life, Ark. police say," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The overhang timber roof sheds snow to the north and the east of the building, sheltering both the entrance and an expansive second-floor deck. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Modern ski chalet wants $3.8M near Tahoe," 30 Nov. 2018 The storms are expected to continue to move to the south and east throughout the morning. Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "Severe storms with hail, winds, lightning possible in KC area as dangerous heat looms," 26 June 2018 The flag code specifies different procedures for hanging a flag over a street depending on whether the street runs from north to south or east to west. Marc Rod, CNN, "Amid national debate on flag conduct, a refresher on the US Flag Code," 14 June 2018 Refugees, all of them teachers, from lands far to the south and east are preparing for the classrooms of their new home. The Economist, "Can refugees help to plug Europe’s skilled-labour gaps?," 14 June 2018 Syracuse also offers an abundant mix of ancient cultures and architecture, much of it on display in the Ortigia district, an island south and east of the metropolitan area. Alice Short, latimes.com, "Avoiding pain and finding only pleasure in Sicily," 27 May 2018 Satellite images indicate that the low-level center is located between widespread showers and thunderstorms well to its northeast and patches of deep convection to its south and east. Roger Simmons, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Alberto less organized but Tropical Storm Watch remains in effect; Flood Watch issued for Central Florida," 26 May 2018 Federal officials said violent gales higher than 62 mph hit areas in the north, south and east of the country, wrecking homes and uprooting trees, Agence France-Presse reports. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "Sand and Thunderstorms Sweep Across India, Leaving More Than 86 Dead," 15 May 2018 As gorgeous as the tree looked in the Historic Royal Palaces' Twitter video, however, nothing could have prepared us for the absolute glory of the tree photographed at sunrise, with light pouring in from the east. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kensington Palace Shares Official Photo of the Palace Christmas Tree on Twitter," 15 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of east

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for east

Adverb

Middle English est, from Old English ēast; akin to Old High German ōstar to the east, Latin aurora dawn, Greek ēōs, heōs

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east

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of east

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to or toward the east

east

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of east (Entry 2 of 2)

: lying toward or at the east

: coming from the east

east

noun
\ ˈēst \

Kids Definition of east

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the direction of sunrise : the compass point opposite to west
2 capitalized : regions or countries east of a certain point

east

adjective

Kids Definition of east (Entry 2 of 3)

: placed toward, facing, or coming from the east the east end an east wind

east

adverb

Kids Definition of east (Entry 3 of 3)

: to or toward the east traveled east

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