East-southeast
East East ([=e]st), n. [OE. est, east, AS. e['a]st; akin to D. oost, oosten, OHG. [=o]stan, G. ost, osten, Icel. austr, Sw. ost, Dan. ["o]st, ["o]sten, Lith. auszra dawn, L. aurora (for ausosa), Gr. 'hw`s, "e`os, 'a`yws, Skr. ushas; cf. Skr. ush to burn, L. urere. [root]149, 288. 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. [1913 Webster]

The east began kindle. --E. Everett. [1913 Webster]

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 East. [1913 Webster]

The gorgeous East, with richest hand, Showers on her kings barbaric pearl and gold. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{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.

{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}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • east-southeast — [ēst′south΄ēst′; ] naut. [, ēstsouēst′] n. the direction, or the point on a mariner s compass, halfway between due east and southeast; 22°30′ south of due east adj., adv. 1. in or toward this direction 2. from this direction, as a wind …   English World dictionary

  • east-southeast — east′ southeast′ n. 1) naut. sur navig. the point on a compass midway between east and southeast 2) naut. sur navig. coming from this point, as a wind 3) naut. sur navig. directed toward this point 4) naut. sur navig. toward this point Abbr.: ESE …   From formal English to slang

  • east-southeast — /eest sowth eest /; Naut. /eest sow eest /, Navig., Survey. n. 1. the point on a compass midway between east and southeast. adj. 2. coming from this point: an east southeast wind. 3. directed toward this point: an east southeast course. adv. 4.… …   Universalium

  • east-southeast — I. (|) ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adverb (or adjective) Etymology: Middle English est southest, from est east + southest southeast more at east I 1. : toward east southeast 2. : from east southeast II …   Useful english dictionary

  • east-southeast — noun The compass bearing or compass point halfway between east and southeast, specifically 112.5° …   Wiktionary

  • east southeast — noun the compass point midway between east and southeast • Syn: ↑ESE • Hypernyms: ↑compass point, ↑point …   Useful english dictionary

  • east-southeast — noun Date: 1555 a compass point that is two points south of due east ; S67°30′E …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • southeast by east — n. the direction, or the point on a mariner s compass, halfway between southeast and east southeast; 11°15′ east of southeast …   English World dictionary

  • East — ([=e]st), n. [OE. est, east, AS. e[ a]st; akin to D. oost, oosten, OHG. [=o]stan, G. ost, osten, Icel. austr, Sw. ost, Dan. [ o]st, [ o]sten, Lith. auszra dawn, L. aurora (for ausosa), Gr. hw s, e os, a yws, Skr. ushas; cf. Skr. ush to burn, L.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • East by north — East East ([=e]st), n. [OE. est, east, AS. e[ a]st; akin to D. oost, oosten, OHG. [=o]stan, G. ost, osten, Icel. austr, Sw. ost, Dan. [ o]st, [ o]sten, Lith. auszra dawn, L. aurora (for ausosa), Gr. hw s, e os, a yws, Skr. ushas; cf. Skr. ush to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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