esp. that which is north of Maryland and the Ohio River; usually with the definite article; as, the commerce
of the East is not independent of the agriculture of the West.
East by north, East by south, according to the notation of the mariner's compass, that point which
lies 11¼° to the north or south, respectively, of the point due east. East-northeast, East-southeast,
that which lies 22½° to the north or south of east, or half way between east and northeast or southeast,
respectively. See Illust. of Compass.
(East) a. Toward the rising sun; or toward the point where the sun rises when in the equinoctial; as,
the east gate; the east border; the east side; the east wind is a wind that blows from the east.
(East), adv. Eastward.
(East), v. i. To move toward the east; to veer from the north or south toward the east; to orientate.
(Eas"ter) n. [AS. eáster, eástran, paschal feast, Easter; akin to G. ostern; fr. AS. Eástre, a goddess
of light or spring, in honor of whom a festival was celebrated in April; whence this month was called in
AS. Eástermonað. From the root of E. east. See East.]
1. An annual church festival commemorating Christ's resurrection, and occurring on Sunday, the second
day after Good Friday. It corresponds to the pascha or passover of the Jews, and most nations still give
it this name under the various forms of pascha, pasque, pâque, or pask.
2. The day on which the festival is observed; Easter day.
Easter is used either adjectively or as the first element of a compound; as, Easter day or Easter-day,
Easter Sunday, Easter week, Easter gifts.
Sundays by thee more glorious break,Keble.
An Easter day in every week.
Easter day, on which the rest of the movable feasts depend, is always the first Sunday after the fourteenth
day of the calendar moon which (fourteenth day) falls on, or next after, the 21st of March, according to
the rules laid down for the construction of the calendar; so that if the fourteenth day happen on a Sunday,
Easter day is the Sunday after. Eng. Cyc.
Easter dues (Ch. of Eng.), money due to the clergy at Easter, formerly paid in communication of the
tithe for personal labor and subject to exaction. For Easter dues, Easter offerings, voluntary gifts, have
been substituted. Easter egg. (a) A painted or colored egg used as a present at Easter. (b) An
imitation of an egg, in sugar or some fine material, sometimes made to serve as a box for jewelry or the
like, used as an Easter present.
(East"er) v. i. (Naut.) To veer to the east; said of the wind. Russell.
(East"er*ling) n. [Cf. Sterling.]
1. A native of a country eastward of another; used, by the English, of traders or others from the coasts
of the Baltic.
Merchants of Norway, Denmark, . . . called . . . Easterlings because they lie east in respect of us.Holinshed.
2. A piece of money coined in the east by Richard II. of England. Crabb.
3. (Zoöl.) The smew.
(East"er*ling), a. Relating to the money of the Easterlings, or Baltic traders. See Sterling.
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