Synonyms for east


Antonyms for east

  • west
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I see some man in the East has a fad for breaking the ice in the river and going swimming.

The West and the East were met in conflict,—the old and the new, the stale and the fresh.

Camped on east side of the sand-hills, with first-rate feed for the horses.

To the North, South, and East nothing but spinifex sand-hills in sight.

To the east, plains for at least thirty miles, when broken ranges were visible.

Ascended the Frere Ranges and got a fine view to the north and east.

A salt lake was visible a few miles to the east, towards which we proceeded.

Barlee Spring is in longitude about 127 degrees 22 minutes East.

In the afternoon continued on a little south of east for about seven miles.

No sooner was the first light streaking the horizon to the east than Andrew wakened.


Old English east "east, easterly, eastward," from Proto-Germanic *aus-to-, *austra- "east, toward the sunrise" (cf. Old Frisian ast "east," aster "eastward," Dutch oost Old Saxon ost, Old High German ostan, German Ost, Old Norse austr "from the east"), from PIE *aus- "to shine," especially "dawn" (cf. Sanskrit ushas "dawn;" Greek aurion "morning;" Old Irish usah, Lithuanian auszra "dawn;" Latin aurora "dawn," auster "south"), literally "to shine." The east is the direction in which dawn breaks. For theory of shift in sense in Latin, see Australia.

Meaning "the eastern part of the world" (from Europe) is from c.1300. French est, Spanish este are borrowings from Middle English, originally nautical. The east wind in Biblical Palestine was scorching and destructive (cf. Ezek. xvii:10); in New England it is bleak, wet, unhealthful.

Cold War use of East for "communist states" first recorded 1951. Natives of eastern Germany and the Baltics were known as easterlings 16c.-18c. East End of London so called by 1846; East Side of Manhattan so called from 1882; East Indies (India and Southeast Asia) so called 1590s to distinguish them from the West Indies.



adjectiveconcerning the direction to the east
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