[vos-tok, vo-stok; Russian vuh-stawk]


one of a series of Soviet spacecraft, carrying one cosmonaut, used to make the world's first manned spaceflights.

Origin of Vostok

First recorded in 1961, Vostok is from the Russian word Vostók literally, east
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Contemporary Examples of vostok

  • In May, the Vostok (“East”) Battalion, another separatist militia, raided and temporarily seized the headquarters of the DPR.

  • And Chechen fighters from the self-styled Vostok battalion arrived in central Donetsk today for a rally.

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British Dictionary definitions for vostok



any of six manned Soviet spacecraft made to orbit the earth. Vostok 1, launched in April 1961, carried Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space; Vostok 6 carried Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space
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