AskDefine | Define eastward

Dictionary Definition

eastward adj : moving toward the east; "eastbound trains" [syn: eastbound] adv : toward the east; "they migrated eastward to Sweden" [syn: eastwards]

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English

Etymology

From east + -ward

Noun

  1. The direction or area lying to the east.

Adjective

  1. Situated or directed towards the east.

Adverb

  1. Towards the east.

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

East is a direction in geography. It is one of the four cardinal directions or compass points, opposite of west and at right angles to north and south. East is the direction toward which the Earth rotates about its axis, and therefore the general direction from which the Sun appears to rise.
The etymology of east is from a Proto-Indo-European language word for dawn, *hausos. Cf. Latin aurora and Greek eōs. Eostre, a Germanic goddess of dawn, might have been a personification of both dawn and the cardinal point.
By convention, an ordinary terrestrial map is oriented so the right side is east. This convention dates from the Renaissance. Many medieval maps were oriented with the Orient (the East) east at the top, which is the source of the verb orient.
eastward in Tosk Albanian: Osten
eastward in Arabic: شرق
eastward in Azerbaijani: Şərq
eastward in Bosnian: Istok (strana svijeta)
eastward in Breton: Reter
eastward in Bulgarian: Изток
eastward in Catalan: Est
eastward in Czech: Východ
eastward in Corsican: Estu
eastward in German: Osten
eastward in Estonian: Ida
eastward in Modern Greek (1453-): Ανατολή
eastward in Spanish: Este
eastward in Esperanto: Oriento
eastward in Basque: Ekialde (geografikoa)
eastward in Persian: خاور
eastward in French: Est
eastward in Galician: Leste
eastward in Classical Chinese: 東
eastward in Korean: 동쪽
eastward in Indonesian: Timur
eastward in Icelandic: Austur
eastward in Italian: Est
eastward in Hebrew: מזרח
eastward in Kurdish: Rojhilat
eastward in Lithuanian: Rytai
eastward in Lingala: Monyɛlɛ
eastward in Lombard: Est
eastward in Dutch: Oost
eastward in Nepali: पूर्व
eastward in Japanese: 東
eastward in Norwegian: Øst
eastward in Norwegian Nynorsk: Aust
eastward in Narom: Êt
eastward in Occitan (post 1500): Èst
eastward in Polish: Wschód
eastward in Portuguese: Leste
eastward in Romanian: Est
eastward in Quechua: Anti
eastward in Russian: Восток
eastward in Simple English: East
eastward in Slovak: Východ (svetová strana)
eastward in Church Slavic: Въстокъ
eastward in Slovenian: Vzhod
eastward in Serbian: Исток
eastward in Serbo-Croatian: Istok
eastward in Finnish: Itä
eastward in Swedish: Öster
eastward in Tamil: கிழக்கு
eastward in Thai: ทิศตะวันออก
eastward in Vietnamese: Hướng Đông
eastward in Turkish: Doğu
eastward in Ukrainian: Схід
eastward in Venetian: Est
eastward in Walloon: Levant (costé del Daegne)
eastward in Yiddish: מיזרח
eastward in Contenese: 東
eastward in Samogitian: Rītā
eastward in Chinese: 東
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