Hypertext Webster Gateway: "east"

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary (easton)

(1.) The orient (mizrah); the rising of the sun. Thus "the east
country" is the country lying to the east of Syria, the Elymais
(Zech. 8:7).

(2). Properly what is in front of one, or a country that is
before or in front of another; the rendering of the word
_kedem_. In pointing out the quarters, a Hebrew always looked
with his face toward the east. The word _kedem_ is used when the
four quarters of the world are described (Gen. 13:14; 28:14);
and _mizrah_ when the east only is distinguished from the west
(Josh. 11:3; Ps. 50:1; 103:12, etc.). In Gen. 25:6 "eastward" is
literally "unto the land of kedem;" i.e., the lands lying east
of Palestine, namely, Arabia, Mesopotamia, etc.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

East \East\, a. (Eccl.)
Designating, or situated in, that part of a church which
contains the choir or chancel; as, the east front of a

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

East \East\, a.
Toward the rising sun; or toward the point where the sun
rises when in the equinoctial; as, the east gate; the east
border; the east side; the east wind is a wind that blows
from the east.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

East \East\, n. [OE. est, east, AS. e['a]st; akin to D. oost,
oosten, OHG. ?stan, G. ost, osten, Icel. austr, Sw. ost, Dan.
["o]st, ["o]sten, Lith. auszra dawn, L. aurora (for ausosa),
Gr. ?, ?, ?, Skr. ushas; cf. Skr. ush to burn, L. urere.
????, ???. Cf. {Aurora}, {Easter}, {Sterling}.]
1. The point in the heavens where the sun is seen to rise at
the equinox, or the corresponding point on the earth; that
one of the four cardinal points of the compass which is in
a direction at right angles to that of north and south,
and which is toward the right hand of one who faces the
north; the point directly opposite to the west.

The east began kindle. --E. Everett.

2. The eastern parts of the earth; the regions or countries
which lie east of Europe; the orient. In this indefinite
sense, the word is applied to Asia Minor, Syria, Chaldea,
Persia, India, China, etc.; as, the riches of the East;
the diamonds and pearls of the East; the kings of the

The gorgeous East, with richest hand, Showers on her
kings barbaric pearl and gold. --Milton.

3. (U. S. Hist. and Geog.) Formerly, the part of the United
States east of the Alleghany Mountains, esp. the Eastern,
or New England, States; now, commonly, the whole region
east of the Mississippi River, esp. that which is north of
Maryland and the Ohio River; -- usually with the definite
article; as, the commerce of the East is not independent
of the agriculture of the West.

{East by north}, {East by south}, according to the notation
of the mariner's compass, that point which lies 111/4[deg]
to the north or south, respectively, of the point due

{East-northeast}, {East-southeast}, that which lies
221/2[deg] to the north or south of east, or half way
between east and northeast or southeast, respectively. See
Illust. of {Compass}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

East \East\, adv.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

East \East\, v. i.
To move toward the east; to veer from the north or south
toward the east; to orientate.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : situated in or facing or moving toward the east [ant: {west}]
n 1: the cardinal compass point that is at 90 degrees [syn: {due
east}, {E}]
2: the countries of Asia [syn: {East}, {orient}]
3: the region of the United States lying north of the Ohio
River and east of the Mississippi River [syn: {East}]
adv : to, toward, or in the east; "we travelled east for several

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