Definition for EAST

EAST, n. [Sax. east; D. oost, oosten; G. ost; Sw. ost, osten; Dan. öst, östen; Fr. est. If the radical sense coincides with that of the L. oriens, this word may belong to the root of hoise, hoist.]

  1. The point in the heavens, where the sun is seen to rise at the equinox, or when it is in the equinoctial, or the corresponding point on the earth; one of the four cardinal points. The east and the west are the points where the equator intersects the horizon. But to persons under the equinoctial line, that line constitutes east and west.
  2. The eastern parts of the earth; the regions or countries which lie east of Europe, or other country. In this indefinite sense, the word is applied to Asia Minor, Syria, Chaldea, Persia, India, China, &c. We sneak of the riches of the east, the diamonds and pearls of the east, the kings of the east. The gorgeous east, with richest hand, / Pours on her kings barbaric, pearl and gold. – Milton.

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