east
I. adverb Etymology: Middle English est, from Old English ēast; akin to Old High German ōstar to the east, Latin aurora dawn, Greek ēōs, heōs Date: before 12th century to, toward, or in the east II. adjective Date: before 12th century 1. situated toward or at the east <
an east window
>
2. coming from the east <
an east wind
>
III. noun Date: before 12th century 1. a. the general direction of sunrise ; the direction toward the right of one facing north b. the compass point directly opposite to west 2. capitalized a. regions lying to the east of a specified or implied point of orientation b. regions having a culture derived from ancient non-European especially Asian areas 3. the altar end of a church 4. often capitalized a. the one of four positions at 90-degree intervals that lies to the east or at the right of a diagram b. a person (as a bridge player) occupying this position in the course of a specified activity

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