[ ee-sting ]

  1. Navigation. the distance due east made good on any course tending eastward; easterly departure.

  2. a shifting eastward; easterly direction.

  1. Surveying. a distance east from a north-south reference line.

Origin of easting

First recorded in 1620–30; east + -ing1

Words Nearby easting

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How to use easting in a sentence

  • We have been making a little easting, but that is all, and we are getting into the region of ice.

    A Final Reckoning | G. A. Henty
  • Then came the day, when, steering east by south, they started to “run their easting down.”

    The Viking Blood | Frederick William Wallace
  • It was possible that the Dornoch had proceeded directly to the southward, after making less easting than was anticipated.

    Fighting for the Right | Oliver Optic
  • "She has made all the easting necessary, and by this time she has laid her course about south-west," continued the commander.

    Fighting for the Right | Oliver Optic
  • I didn't suppose a couple of thousand miles of easting would take the heart out of things the way it does.

    Empire Builders | Francis Lynde

British Dictionary definitions for easting


/ (ˈiːstɪŋ) /

  1. nautical the net distance eastwards made by a vessel moving towards the east

  2. cartography

    • the distance eastwards of a point from a given meridian indicated by the first half of a map grid reference

    • a longitudinal grid line: Compare northing (def. 3)

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