east

adverb
\ ˈēst How to pronounce east (audio) \

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

Hood said two vehicles were traveling east when several shots were fired from one vehicle into another in what appears to be a road rage incident. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "1 killed, 2 injured in possible road-rage shooting on I-20/59 in Tuscaloosa County," 6 July 2019 Fires included one about 54 miles east of Circle, two about 35 miles from Fort Yukon, and one about 11 miles from Chalkyitsik. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Hundreds of Fairbanks-area residents under precautionary wildfire evacuation alerts," 5 July 2019 The train travels about 11 miles east and climbs 800 feet along a mountain ridge to catch views of the sunset. Jay Jones, latimes.com, "Nevada’s Star Train takes visitors into the dark on a stargazing adventure," 3 July 2019 Early on the morning of June 2, a US Border Patrol agent monitoring a surveillance video feed watched as seven people climbed a 15-foot-high border fence between Mexico and the United States, about 25 miles east of the Calexico West Port of Entry. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Man arrested for smuggling immigrants after answering Craigslist ad," 28 June 2019 Westlake Fourth of July Parade, Celebration, & Fireworks: Festivities begin at 10 a.m. with a parade that typically begins at Burneson Middle School on Dover Center Road, then onto Hilliard Boulevard, traveling east to Clague Park. Greg Burnett, cleveland.com, "Fourth of July celebrations in and around Cleveland," 27 June 2019 Passengers at the Rosa Parks Transit Center traveling east should board the People Mover at the Times Square Station and exit at the Bricktown Station to board eastbound coaches. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit fireworks 2019: How to watch the show, what to know," 21 June 2019 Follow several miles and take a right on Sheepskin Hollow Road or travel farther east on Mount Parnassus and take a right on Warner Road and right on Ridgebury Road. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "A fun visit to a hollow full of waterfalls, mountain laurel and rock formations in East Haddam," 14 June 2019 Pasia was one of 52 students on a chartered bus that rolled and came to a stop on the frontage road while traveling east on Interstate 90 near George last Thanksgiving. Charles H. Featherstone, The Seattle Times, "UW marching band thanks Grant County towns for help after charter bus overturned," 3 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The east-facing windows host shelves of liquor bottles, backlit on a sunny early evening by Mother Nature herself. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "Review: Brizo in Rocky Hill," 10 July 2019 Place in an area that gets four to six hours of direct sun, ideally near an east-facing window. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "How to grow your own fruits and vegetables — from food scraps," 10 July 2019 Unai Emery was eager to sign the teenager and integrate him straight away into their first-team, but Saint-Étienne wanted Saliba to return to east-central France on loan for the 2019/20 campaign. SI.com, "Arsenal Submit Opening €30m Offer for Saint-Etienne Defender William Saliba," 25 June 2019 The Shakers were celibate, and their spaces were divided, the south and east sides of any building were for the women (sisters) and the north and west sides reserved for men (brothers). Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "A lot of Shaker going on: Canterbury Shaker Village living history museum celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019," 25 June 2019 The second severe thunderstorm watch includes part of east-central Alabama and will be in effect until 4 a.m. CDT Saturday: Multiple severe thunderstorm warnings were issued this evening as the storms rolled into Alabama from Tennessee. Leigh Morgan, al.com, "Another stormy night for Alabama," 21 June 2019 Throngs of tourists flock here in June and July to east-central Mexico’s Tlaxcala state to see the creatures. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "How these mysterious fireflies synchronize their dazzling light shows," 23 May 2019 An east-facing orientation works well in most climates, too. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Greenhouse," 28 Jan. 2019 Watering: Keep the soil evenly moist while blooming, misting frequently. Light: Place in an east-facing window for moderate light and some direct sun. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Keep Your Christmas Cactus Blooming the Whole Holiday Season," 27 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Heavy rains are expected for parts of Texas and east of Houston in the coming days, according to the National Weather Service. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Readers share hurricane prep tips they wish they had known about sooner," 10 July 2019 Instead, the massive new plant in what was then countryside east of Hanover turned out military vehicles, using forced laborers from all over Europe under miserable conditions. Washington Post, "From Nazis to hippies: end of the road for Volkswagen Beetle," 10 July 2019 Instead, the massive new plant in what was then countryside east of Hanover turned out military vehicles, using forced laborers from all over Europe under miserable conditions. Time, "From Nazis to Hippies: End of the Road for Volkswagen Beetle," 10 July 2019 Marcus owns the Majestic Cinema just to the west off West Blue Mound Road, and is building a new Movie Tavern dining-and-theater complex at Brookfield Square east of The Corners. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The new Silverspot Cinema in Brookfield features an indoor and outdoor cocktail lounge," 10 July 2019 Instead, the massive new plant in what was then countryside east of Hanover turned out military vehicles, using forced laborers from all over Europe under miserable conditions. David Mchugh, Anchorage Daily News, "From Nazis to hippies: End of the road for Volkswagen Beetle," 9 July 2019 Instead, the massive new plant in what was then countryside east of Hanover turned out military vehicles, using forced laborers from all over Europe under miserable conditions. CBS News, "VW Beetle goes extinct as last one rolls off assembly line," 9 July 2019 Astronauts on later Apollo missions studied volcanic cinder fields east of Flagstaff where hundreds of craters were blown from the landscape intentionally to replicate the lunar surface and tested rovers. USA TODAY, "Ink library, parking barnacles, lunar training grounds: News from around our 50 states," 9 July 2019 Instead, the massive new plant in what was then countryside east of Hanover turned out military vehicles, using forced laborers from all over Europe under miserable conditions. chicagotribune.com, "From Nazis to hippies: It’s the end of the road for the Volkswagen Beetle," 9 July 2019

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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 3)

: to or toward the east

east

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of east (Entry 2 of 3)

: lying toward or at the east
: coming from the east

east

noun

English Language Learners Definition of east (Entry 3 of 3)

: the direction where the sun rises : the direction that is the opposite of west
: the eastern part of the U.S.
: the countries of Asia (such as Japan, China, and Korea)

east

noun
\ ˈēst How to pronounce east (audio) \

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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