EAST is one of the four cardinal directions or points of the compass
. It is the opposite direction from west .
* 1 Etymology
* 3 Cultural
* 4 See also
* 5 References
* 6 External links
The word east comes from
Middle English est, from
Old English ēast,
which itself comes from the Proto-Germanic *aus-to- or *austra- "east,
toward the sunrise", from Proto-Indo-European *aus- "to shine," or
"dawn". This is similar to
Old High German
Old High German *ōstar "to the east",
Latin aurora "dawn", and Greek ēōs or heōs.
Ēostre , a Germanic
goddess of dawn, might have been a personification of both dawn and
the cardinal points.
By convention , the right hand side of a map is east. This convention
has developed from the use of a compass, which places north at the
To go east using a compass for navigation , one sets a bearing or
azimuth of 90°.
East is the direction toward which the