Definition of east in English:



  • 1The direction towards the point of the horizon where the sun rises at the equinoxes, on the right-hand side of a person facing north.

    ‘a gale was blowing from the east’
    ‘the Atlantic Ocean to the east of Florida’
    • ‘From the patio where I work I have a view of the bay of Cassis and the beautiful cliffs that rise to the east of it.’
    • ‘You know, Mojave is north and to the east of Los Angeles.’
    • ‘For example, populations in the wetter regions west of the Rocky Mountains are different than those in drier regions to the east.’
    • ‘John Bell came into town from the east with the sun behind him.’
    • ‘You would expect the higher amounts to be right here and just to the east of here.’
    • ‘The mountain was actually directly to the east of Torat, which was an island.’
    • ‘We are looking due south right now, and you can see how the clouds are wisping up towards the north and towards the east.’
    • ‘Government forces look set to retake rebel-held towns in the east.’
    • ‘To the east of the road rise the lower slopes of a mountain range dominated by no less than seven Munros, the highest group of hills in Britain south of Tayside.’
    • ‘There is a trail beginning just to the east of the mini-rail.’
    • ‘The vegetables sold in the capital are hauled in from farmlands that surround the city and from Nangarhar province to the east.’
    • ‘Often when I've finished my errands and am heading home I drive through the park just to the east of our townhouse.’
    • ‘The other three main rooms were on the other side of the upstairs hallway, to the east of it.’
    • ‘We had hoped, from Pevek, to reach Cape Schmidt, another loss-making gold town to the east.’
    • ‘Well, the devastation to the east of Mississippi is mind-blowing.’
    • ‘The savings, though still dramatic, are not quite so big when it comes to the east of Scotland, where property prices are, of course, much higher.’
    • ‘It connects the castle and its adjoining Katsuyama Park with the city's traditional retail district to the east.’
    • ‘The new bridge will be built to the east of the home.’
    • ‘Subduction also takes place to the east of the South Sandwich Islands, which are found in the South Atlantic.’
    • ‘Roads in the north of the county, particularly to the east of the A1, were worst affected and some needed to be cleared by snow ploughs.’
    1. 1.1The compass point corresponding to east.
      • ‘The prime meridian is the line that separates geographic east from west on the globe.’
      • ‘When that happens, the Sun is rising due east, setting due west, and daylight lasts as long as night.’
  • 2The eastern part of the world or of a specified country, region, or town.

    ‘a factory in the east of the city’
    • ‘It was part of the Silk Route, a major trading pathway between the East and Europe.’
    • ‘The sun had started to show its tip upon the east of the town by the time the three had settled down to finally rest.’
    • ‘At this point almost total disaster struck as barbarians attacked in both East and West.’
    • ‘I'm sorry to have to say so, but it seems true that the county roads in the vicinity of Dungarvan are to a much higher standard than similar routes in the east of the county!’
    • ‘The longest stretch of preserved wall is at Mühlenstrasse, in the east of the city.’
    • ‘Eighty-one of these fines, imposed under the Litter Pollution Act, were issued in the west of the county, while 51 were issued in the east of the county.’
    • ‘Beria was just one more victim of the rigid division of Europe between East and West.’
    • ‘To many poor regions in the east and south of the continent, they did not come at all until the nineteenth or even the twentieth century.’
    • ‘Through the ages in East and West, many different ontologies have been put forward.’
    • ‘In the east of the city, flags flew at half-mast to mark his passing.’
    • ‘Korca is a city located in the east of Albania close to the border of Greece.’
    • ‘The reason for the council's new move is its bid to make Colchester the best looking town in the east of England.’
    • ‘Consumers from the East have always tackled common ailments through what they eat.’
    • ‘In this configuration, one power has become dominant in each of the East and West.’
    • ‘They are currently organising a regional seminar for the east of the country.’
    • ‘It has helped us to go beyond thinking in contrastive pairs us and them, East and West.’
    • ‘Plans to build 750 extra homes took a step forward after district councillors formally adopted a development brief for the east of the town.’
    • ‘Wedged into two small rooms, in a fading, old municipal building in the east of London, is the latest hi-tech crucible dedicated to bringing access to the film world closer to inner city kids.’
    • ‘‘I have spent the last year at the helm in Hull and have successfully launched Look North's news service for the east of the region,’ Clare said.’
    • ‘The district in the east of the city centre is shrugging off its rundown industrial image to become a boom area for city centre living.’
    1. 2.1The regions or countries lying to the east of Europe, especially China, Japan, and India.
      ‘the protection of trade routes to the East’
      the orient
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    2. 2.2historical The former communist states of eastern Europe.
      ‘the centrally planned system of the East’
      • ‘Finally, the material plenty of the West appeared in sharp contrast to the depravity of the East.’
      • ‘Hitler made it very clear that war in the East was to be like no other war fought by Germany.’
  • 3Bridge
    [as name] The player sitting to the left of North and partnering West.

    ‘East passes and you respond one heart’
    • ‘West would follow with a higher card and East would then have played two trumps to West's one.’


  • 1Lying towards, near, or facing the east.

    ‘the hospital's east wing’
    • ‘I entered the United Methodist Church on the far east side of Alexandria.’
    • ‘Some gardeners claim seeds start best in east windows; others say south, but the truth is no window is ideal.’
    • ‘Eskimo's place was located right across from mine on the east end of town.’
    • ‘Madagascar is the world's 4th largest island, just a bit larger than California and situated just off the east coast of Africa.’
    • ‘The south and east regions are crucial to the development of the entire country and part of where we are going in the future.’
    • ‘He said the company wanted the tower on the east side of town, to improve cell phone reception in the town, as well as those travelling on Hwy. 1.’
    • ‘At Dolly's Restaurant on the east edge of town, the shift manager was hoping the news wasn't true.’
    • ‘Adrian had only been in the south, west, and east regions, so, her journey was especially risky as she was not familiar with the territory.’
    • ‘One day while out in the parking lot, the director happened to glance up at the east window.’
    • ‘She walked over and peered out the east windows to where the horse barn had been.’
    • ‘The under-15s won the event by beating the east region 25-15 in the final.’
    • ‘The Old Montana Prison can be reached by taking Deer Lodge exit 187 off Interstate go and following the road to the east edge of town.’
    • ‘Winds have pushed the east flank of the fire towards Big Bear Lake.’
    • ‘The end of the day finds us at the supermarket on the east edge of town, where a second glance brings an amazing discovery.’
    • ‘The B.C. Forest Service has begun granting private companies logging rights for areas of the Blue Mountain region along the east shore of Alouette Lake.’
    • ‘As we stood overlooking the east end of town, tourists milling around us, the muezzin of a mosque down in the valley began his call to prayer.’
    • ‘She passed the windows by the east courtyard and paused to look out.’
    • ‘It was situated on the east bank where the river entered the great lake, Tallian.’
    • ‘The first is the immediate pressure to reform power structures in the troubled north Caucasus, Volga and far east regions.’
    • ‘The irrigation rig north of town on the east side of Highway E is spraying canning factory waste-water today.’
    1. 1.1(of a wind) blowing from the east.
      ‘a biting east wind’
      • ‘The clouds do start early and there is a strong east wind so it is confusing thinking about how to handle the task.’
      • ‘Two inlets on either side of this caused some problems, along with that persistent east wind before the storm finally got here.’
      • ‘That was replaced by a dry east wind that brought colder but still sunny weather and early morning frosts.’
      • ‘The cove nestles under high cliffs and is protected from all but east winds.’
      • ‘In the past the water discoloured after three days of the east wind blowing.’
      • ‘The east winds are strong on the coast at the buoy's, but it sure looks like it will be lighter inland.’
      • ‘The east wind settled down a bit to 10 mph and we decide to run away from it anyway.’
      • ‘Leaning against the rail, she let the east wind blow into her face.’
      • ‘Driven by a penetrating east wind, it drifted until every hollow and depression was filled and the landscape assumed the appearance of a vast white prairie.’
      • ‘Right now there is just a cold east wind and fine needles of falling rain.’
      • ‘The east wind was very quiet, almost remorseful.’
      • ‘Over the next 24 hours, temperatures will rise no higher than 3 deg C but the chilly north east winds will make it feel more like minus 5 deg C.’
      • ‘On a blustery morning in March, a biting east wind carrying intimations of snow, a few hardy cranespotters have gathered at the summit of Arthur's Seat to count the current crop.’
      • ‘A cuckoo called, and swallows swooped low in east winds sucked dry by the hot land.’
      • ‘For two weeks we had a black frost day and night with a strong east wind and then on February 2nd, when everywhere was bone dry at 3pm, the snow started to fall.’
      • ‘The morning was cold and grey, with a cutting east wind.’
      • ‘Then there are winter days when the east wind blows, scouring the sky of clouds and freezing the dunes hard as marble.’
      • ‘Strong east winds to near tropical storm force have pushed water up to four to six feet above normal levels there.’
      • ‘A stiff east breeze blowing across the field helped to keep the crowd - and the fielders - cool as the match started in extremely hot conditions.’
      • ‘This is because the prevailing east wind continues to stack drifting weeds against the exposed rocks.’
      eastern, easterly, eastwardly, oriental
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  • 2Of or denoting the eastern part of a specified region, town, or country.

    ‘East Fife’
    ‘East African’
    • ‘Typical of Finland's top-end traditional small ski resorts is the remote and charming Salla, which lies in the forests of east Lapland, towards the Russian border.’
    • ‘However, outside of Africa, the major regions of Europe, east Asia, and the Americas exhibit three different patterns.’
    • ‘Earlier this week the health secretary took a tube from Westminster to Canning Town in east London.’
    • ‘At the time, we were staying in Chilla village, near Trilokpuri in east Delhi.’
    • ‘While this may appear to be cause for despair, many in east Asia actually responded to this analysis not by giving up, but by advocating new and creative doctrines.’
    • ‘What follows is the account of a boy living in a rural east Texas town.’
    • ‘Born and reared in the east Alabama town of Oxford, the Navy veteran and ex-radio deejay had fashioned a career out of controversy and race baiting.’
    • ‘In the summer we would head back to east Cork to the town of Castlemartyr, which was the home of Coláiste Ultáin where my father himself had been educated.’
    • ‘Permission has been secured for an extension to a mine near New Cumnock in east Ayrshire where 100 jobs will be maintained and an additional 1m tons extracted.’
    • ‘The cathedral is the mother church of the diocese of Chelmsford which has more than 600 churches throughout Essex and east London.’
    • ‘But evangelical storefront churches in east London are growing, seemingly at exponential rates.’
    • ‘Also moving towards east Texas now are five disaster medical teams.’
    • ‘Outdoor education is one of the biggest uses of greenspace in and near south east Queensland.’
    • ‘THE O'Neill family took the long way to church in east Belfast last Wednesday.’
    • ‘The first port of call was set to be Eastlea Community School in Canning Town, east London.’
    • ‘He said there is one factory alone in Kildare town employs 100 east European contract workers.’
    • ‘The Killarney electoral area, which takes in the town and rural east Kerry, is perhaps the most competitive in Kerry this time.’
    • ‘By the time the tsunami had travelled 3,500 miles and was nearing the coast of east Africa, news of the dreadful toll in Asia had preceded it.’
    • ‘He was born in Flint in east Michigan, a town famed as the site of General Motors, the automobile company.’
    • ‘I just tell myself I've been in hotter places growing up in the east Texas town of Jefferson.’
  • 3Situated in the part of a church containing the altar or high altar, usually the actual east.

    ‘the liturgical east window is actually in the south wall’
    • ‘Nevertheless, by 1405, the east window was ready to receive its stained glass.’
    • ‘View the beautiful east window and soak up the sense of history at Carlisle Cathedral, where there are many historical points of interest.’
    • ‘The repair and conservation of the east front includes the removal and restoration of the great east window - the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in the world.’
    • ‘It was believed that the east window of the church dated back to the Reformation period.’
    • ‘There is an inscription to Frances Matthew beside the great east window of the Minster.’
    • ‘It will cost an estimated £65,000 to repair the fragile east window at All Saints parish church in Otley but churchgoers fear it may be lost unless the money is raised soon.’
    • ‘That may have been a baptistery, with the tower serving as nave and the lost east annexe as chancel.’
    • ‘It still stands there flush against the east church wall.’
    • ‘It took ten years to build and has a stained-glass east window that must be seen if in the area.’
    • ‘All this glass almost certainly came from the east chancel window, in the tracery lights of which the Lovell arms were to be seen until recently.’


  • To or towards the east.

    ‘travelling east, he met two men’
    ‘the river rises east of Brentford’
    • ‘Operation Steel Curtain that we've been telling you about all week, now having secured the city of Husaybah, is moving east to the town of Karabala.’
    • ‘Our friend who moved to California in May for a new job has quit the job and headed back east.’
    • ‘She pointed to the back window, which faced east.’
    • ‘We stood in the street looking east at the smoke.’
    • ‘And he lies facing east anticipating a resurrection towards the rising sun, which is a symbol of Christ.’
    • ‘A tear falls down her cheek and Faramir says he will get her a window looking east.’
    • ‘The squall line was rapidly moving east and I had to come up with another plan quickly.’
    • ‘Inside, the statue sits in the west facing east because it is an Amitabha, Buddha of the Western Paradise.’
    • ‘In the new location, the portal was turned 180 degrees since the present church faces east, while its predecessor faced west.’
    • ‘The craft was moving fairly slow coming from the west and heading east.’
    • ‘The Balkan peninsula lies east of Italy and west of Turkey and the Black Sea.’
    • ‘Furthermore, only 600 Chinese ships will be able to fish east of the line at one time.’
    • ‘Eventually, the papers would get caught up by the wind and carried east, away from us.’
    • ‘For many New Yorkers and tourists, Avenue A is a boundary line, east of which they will not cross.’
    • ‘Rough weather tends to follow my travels east into Louisiana.’
    • ‘Less than an hour's drive east near the coast, and you can see what rail is up against.’
    • ‘I have seen it happen more than once that a long line of vehicles heading east and west will form when they have to stop at knock off hour.’
    • ‘It cleared the fence and flew east, towards the rising white sun, its long legs trailing like ribbons.’
    • ‘The corridor begins ~ 4.5 km east of Bloomington and runs east past Nashville.’
    • ‘He leveled off on the top of the clouds at 4500 feet and headed due east.’
    to the east, eastward, eastwards, eastwardly
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Old English ēast-, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch oost and German ost, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin aurora, Greek auōs dawn.