The point of adoration; i.e. the quarter or point of the
compass towards which persons turn when they worship. The Persian
fire-worshippers turn to the east, the place of the rising sun; the
Jews to Jerusalem, the city of the King of kings; the Mahometans to
Mecca; the early Christians turned to the “east,” and the
“communion table” even of the “Reformed Church” is placed at the
east end of the building, whenever this arrangement is practicable. Any
object of passionate desire.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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