What is East ?
East is (noun) 1. the direction of where the sun rises The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Germany is to the east of France. The wind is blowing from the east. 2. the part of a country which is to the east of the rest The east of the country is drier than the west. 3. the Far East countries to the east of Pakistan and India the Middle East the countries to the east of Egypt and west of Pakistan the Near East the countries to the east of the Mediterranean (adj) referring to the east The east coast is the coldest part of the country. (adv) towards the east The kitchen windows face east, so we get the morning sun. Drive east along the motorway for twenty miles.
source: Easier English, Student Dictionary Upper Intermediate Level