One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Distance traveled or measured eastward, especially at sea.‘with the help of the following breeze, she ran 650 miles of her easting down’
- 1.1 A figure or line representing eastward distance on a map (expressed by convention as the first part of a grid reference, before northing)‘the Japanese sent a message that accidentally left out an easting and a northing in the plain text’
- ‘We've come to the exact co-ordinates given on the Internet, as a southing and an easting to the metre, to a spot out on a wall looking over Botany Bay with the clues that the cache is somewhere in this rock pile.’
- ‘These four regions divide the CBC plots into approximately equal samples around easting 45 and northing 21 of the U.K. national grid.’
- 1.1 A figure or line representing eastward distance on a map (expressed by convention as the first part of a grid reference, before northing)
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