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east·ern

 (ē′stərn)
adj.
1. Situated in, toward, or facing the east.
2. Coming from the east: eastern breezes.
3. Native to or growing in the east.
4. often Eastern Of, relating to, or characteristic of eastern regions or the East.
5. Eastern
a. Of or relating to the Eastern Church.
b. Of or relating to the Eastern Orthodox Church.

[Middle English estern, from Old English ēasterne; see aus- in Indo-European roots.]

east′ern·ness′ n.

eastern

(ˈiːstən)
adj
1. situated in or towards the east
2. (Navigation) facing or moving towards the east

east•ern

(ˈi stərn)

adj.
1. lying toward or situated in the east.
2. directed or proceeding toward the east.
3. coming from the east: an eastern wind.
4. (often cap.) of or pertaining to the East in the U.S.
5. (cap.) of or pertaining to the Eastern Church or to any of the churches constituting it.
6. (usu. cap.) of or pertaining to the East; Oriental.
7. (usu. cap.) (formerly) of or pertaining to the Soviet Union and its allies.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English ēasterne; akin to Old Saxon, Old High German ōstroni, Old Norse austroenn. See east, -ern]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.eastern - lying toward or situated in the east; "the eastern end of the island"
east - situated in or facing or moving toward the east
2.eastern - of or characteristic of eastern regions of the United States; "the Eastern establishment"
western - of or characteristic of regions of the United States west of the Mississippi River; "a Western ranch"
3.eastern - lying in or toward the east; "the east side of New York"; "eastern cities"
east - situated in or facing or moving toward the east
4.eastern - relating to or characteristic of regions of eastern parts of the world; "Eastern Europe"; "the Eastern religions"
western - relating to or characteristic of the western parts of the world or the West as opposed to the eastern or oriental parts; "the Western world"; "Western thought"; "Western thought"
5.eastern - from the east; used especially of winds; "an eastern wind"; "the winds are easterly"
east - situated in or facing or moving toward the east
Translations
شَرْقيشَرْقِيّ
východní
østlig
itäinen
istočan
austrænn; austurlenskur
東の
동쪽의
vzhoden
östra
เกี่ยวกับทิศตะวันออก
doğuDoğuya ait
phía đông

eastern

[ˈiːstən]
A. ADJdel este, oriental
the eastern part of the islandla parte oriental or la parte este de la isla
the eastern coastla costa este or oriental
in eastern Spainen el este or al este de España
eastern religionsreligiones orientales
B. CPD the Eastern bloc N (Pol Hist) → el bloque del Este
Eastern Europe NEuropa f del Este, Europa f Oriental

eastern

[ˈiːstərn] adj
[shore] → de l'est, oriental(e)
the eastern part of the island → la partie est de l'île
eastern England → l'Est de l'Angleterre
Eastern Europe → l'Europe de l'Est
the Eastern bloc (formerly)les pays mpl de l'Est
(= oriental) [country, culture] → oriental(e)

eastern

adjOst-, östlich; attitudeorientalisch; the Eastern bloc (Hist) → der Ostblock (Hist) (neg!); Eastern EuropeOsteuropa nt

eastern

[ˈiːstən] adjorientale, d'oriente
Eastern Europe → l'Europa orientale
the Eastern bloc (Pol) (formerly) → i Paesi mpl dell'Est
Eastern Standard Time (Am) fuso orario della costa orientale degli Stati Uniti

east

(iːst) noun
1. the direction from which the sun rises, or any part of the earth lying in that direction. The wind is blowing from the east; The village is to the east of Canton; in the east of England.
2. (also E) one of the four main points of the compass. He took a direction 10 E of N / east of north.
adjective
1. in the east. the east coast.
2. from the direction of the east. an east wind.
adverb
towards the east. The house faces east.
ˈeasterly adjective
1. (of a wind, breeze etc) coming from the east. an easterly wind.
2. looking, lying etc towards the east. We are travelling in an easterly direction.
ˈeastern adjective
of the east or the East. an eastern custom.
ˈeasternmost adjective
being furthest east. the easternmost city in America.
ˈeastward adjective
towards the east. in an eastward direction.
ˈeastward(s) adverb
towards the east. They are travelling eastwards.
the East
the countries east of Europe. the Middle/Far East.

eastern

شَرْقِيّ východní østlig östlich ανατολικός oriental itäinen oriental istočan orientale 東の 동쪽의 oostelijk østlig wschodni oriental восточный östra เกี่ยวกับทิศตะวันออก doğu phía đông 东方的
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When they had descended and risen again, they found themselves on the eastern brink of a steep hill.
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Tom's Eastern polish was not popular among the young people.
My position enabled me to include in a single view both the eastern and western extremities of the islet; and I observed a singularly-marked difference in their aspects.
These two squires were followed by two attendants, whose dark visages, white turbans, and the Oriental form of their garments, showed them to be natives of some distant Eastern country.
Its radiant face looked down smiling on me; it beckoned with its little hand, and floated on again, leading me as the Star led the Eastern sages in the olden time.
She showed him an Eastern town with flat roofs and cupolas and minarets.
My interest is keenest, perhaps, not so much in relation to known facts as to speculation upon the unknowable of the two centuries that have rolled by since human intercourse between the Western and Eastern Hemispheres ceased--the mystery of Europe's state following the termination of the Great War--provided, of course, that the war had been terminated.
In a few minutes we turned the rib which had intercepted the view of the eastern face from our tent platform.
The red eastern sky, the northward blackness, the salt Dead Sea, the stony beach crawling with these foul, slow-stirring monsters, the uniform poisonous-looking green of the lichenous plants, the thin air that hurts one's lungs: all contributed to an appalling effect.
This fashionable watering-place, with its eastern and its western stations, its piers, its groves of pines, its promenades, and its covered gardens, was, to Angel Clare, like a fairy place suddenly created by the stroke of a wand, and allowed to get a little dusty.