American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Situated in, toward, or facing the east.
- adj. Coming from the east: eastern breezes.
- adj. Native to or growing in the east.
- adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of eastern regions or the East.
- adj. Of or relating to the Eastern Church.
- adj. Of or relating to the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Situated toward the east or on the part toward the east: as, the eastern side of a town or church; the eastern shore of a bay.
- Going toward the east, or in the direction of east: as, an eastern route.
- Coming from the east; easterly.
- Of or pertaining to the east; Oriental; being or occurring in the east: as, eastern countries; eastern manners; an eastern tour.
- n. A person living in or belonging to the eastern part of a country or region; specifically, one belonging to one of the countries lying east of Europe; an Oriental.
- n. [capitalized] A member of the orthodox Oriental or Greek Church: in contradistinction from a Latin or Western.
- adj. Of, facing, situated in, or related to the east
- adj. of a wind blowing from the east; easterly
- adj. loosely oriental
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Situated or dwelling in the east; oriental.
- adj. Going toward the east, or in the direction of east.
- adj. lying toward or situated in the east
- adj. from the east; used especially of winds
- adj. of or characteristic of eastern regions of the United States
- adj. relating to or characteristic of regions of eastern parts of the world
- adj. lying in or toward the east
- From Middle English esterne, from Old English ēasterne ("eastern"), from Proto-Germanic *austrōnjaz (“eastern”), from Proto-Indo-European *austero- (“eastern”), from Proto-Indo-European *aus- (“to shine”). Cognate with Old Saxon and Old High German ōstrōni ("eastern"), Old Norse austrœnn ("eastern"). More at east. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English estern, from Old English ēasterne; see aus- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It seems then to me impossible to deny that the Ὀττοροκοροι is the same, and points out the most eastern land of the old north, now in or near Shen-si, the first home of the Chinese; to me the _eastern_ boundary of _Paradise_.”
“State Director for IUE, I continued my involvement in the Civil Rights movement, in the political movement, and they were involved with migrants and that is when I first became involved with what we call the eastern stream of migrants, but not very heavily involved.”
“Even fancy dishes, such as Oysters Kirkpatrick, would be better if made of the eastern oyster, not what they call the eastern oyster here, for that is a misnomer, but the oysters that grow in the Atlantic Ocean.”
“For geographical and political reasons, even if located on the 169th meridian west, Big Diomede Island is included in what we call the eastern part of the world.”
“As we have already remarked, one hemisphere of the earth (whether we divide the sphere through the equator or through the meridian of Teneriffe) has a much greater expansion of elevated land than the opposite one: these two vast ocean-girt tracts of land, which we term the eastern and western, or the Old and New Continents, present, however, conjointly with the most striking contrasts of configuration and position of their axes, some similarities of form, especially with reference to the mutual relations of their opposite coasts.”
“The U.S. military is distributing pamphlets in eastern Afghanistan in an effort to find a soldier who has been missing for more than two weeks, the military said Thursday.”
“Wanat was a horrific insurgent attack on a U.S. combat outpost in eastern Afghanistan last summer that left nine soldiers dead and 27 wounded.”
“A Texas tornado ripped through Rice, a town outside of Dallas in eastern Texas on Sunday.”
“David J. Rank is a working journalist in eastern Wisconsin esconced in the glacial hills between the Green Bay Packers and the Milwaukee Brewers.”
“Fred works as a government contractor in eastern Kansas, where he lives with his wife and three children.”
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