• East Definition & Synonyms
- (n.) 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.
- (n.) 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.
- (adv.) Eastward.
- (v. i.) To move toward the east; to veer from the north or south toward the east; to orientate.
- (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.
- (n.) 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 East.
- (a.) Designating, or situated in, that part of a church which contains the choir or chancel; as, the east front of a cathedral.
• Eastern Definition & Synonyms
- (a.) Situated or dwelling in the east; oriental; as, an eastern gate; Eastern countries.
- (a.) Going toward the east, or in the direction of east; as, an eastern voyage.
• Easter Definition & Synonyms
- (n.) The day on which the festival is observed; Easter day.
- (v. i.) To veer to the east; -- said of the wind.
- (n.) An annual church festival commemorating Christs resurrection, and occurring on Sunday, the second day after Good Friday. It corresponds to the pasha or passover of the Jews, and most nations still give it this name under the various forms of pascha, pasque, paque, or pask.