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 for easter
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Movable \Mov"a*ble\, a. [Cf. OF. movable. See Move.]
     1. Capable of being moved, lifted, carried, drawn, turned, or
        conveyed, or in any way made to change place or posture;
        susceptible of motion; not fixed or stationary; as, a
        movable steam engine. [Also spelled moveable.]
     Syn: transferable, transferrable, transportable.
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     2. Changing from one time to another; as, movable feasts, i.
        e., church festivals, the date of which varies from year
        to year.
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     Movable letter (Heb. Gram.), a letter that is pronounced,
        as opposed to one that is quiescent.
     Movable feast (Ecclesiastical), a holy day that changes
        date, depending on the lunar cycle. An example of such a
        day is Easter.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Easter \Eas"ter\ ([=e]s"t[~e]r), n. [AS. e['a]ster, e['a]stran,
     paschal feast, Easter; akin to G. ostern; fr. AS. E['a]stre,
     a goddess of light or spring, in honor of whom a festival was
     celebrated in April; whence this month was called in AS.
     E['a]sterm[=o]na[eth]. From the root of E. east. See East.]
     1. An annual church festival commemorating Christ's
        resurrection, and occurring on Sunday, the second day
        after Good Friday. It corresponds to the pascha or
        passover of the Jews, and most nations still give it this
        name under the various forms of pascha, pasque,
        p[^a]que, or pask.
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     2. The day on which the festival is observed; Easter day.
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     Note: Easter is used either adjectively or as the first
           element of a compound; as, Easter day or Easter-day,
           Easter Sunday, Easter week, Easter gifts, Easter eggs.
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                 Sundays by thee more glorious break,
                 An Easter day in every week.       --Keble.
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     Note: Easter day, on which the rest of the movable feasts
           depend, is always the first Sunday after the fourteenth
           day of the calendar moon which (fourteenth day) falls
           on, or next after, the 21st of March, according to the
           rules laid down for the construction of the calendar;
           so that if the fourteenth day happen on a Sunday,
           Easter day is the Sunday after. --Eng. Cyc.
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     Easter dues (Ch. of Eng.), money due to the clergy at
        Easter, formerly paid in communication of the tithe for
        personal labor and subject to exaction. For Easter dues,
        Easter offerings, voluntary gifts, have been substituted.
     Easter egg.
        (a) A painted or colored egg used as a present at Easter.
        (b) An imitation of an egg, in sugar or some fine
            material, sometimes made to serve as a box for jewelry
            or the like, used as an Easter present.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Easter \East"er\, v. i. (Naut.)
     To veer to the east; -- said of the wind. --Russell.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a Christian celebration of the Resurrection of Christ;
           celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon
           after the vernal equinox
      2: a wind from the east [syn: east wind, easter, easterly]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  54 Moby Thesaurus words for "Easter":
     Advent, Allhallowmas, Allhallows, Allhallowtide, Annunciation,
     Annunciation Day, Ascension Day, Ash Wednesday, Candlemas,
     Candlemas Day, Carnival, Christmas, Corpus Christi, Easter Monday,
     Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday, Eastertide, Ember days, Epiphany,
     Good Friday, Halloween, Hallowmas, Holy Thursday, Holy Week,
     Lady Day, Lammas, Lammas Day, Lammastide, Lent, Lententide,
     Mardi Gras, Martinmas, Maundy Thursday, Michaelmas, Michaelmas Day,
     Michaelmastide, Palm Sunday, Pancake Day, Passion Week, Pentecost,
     Quadragesima, Quadragesima Sunday, Septuagesima, Shrove Tuesday,
     Trinity Sunday, Twelfth-day, Twelfth-tide, Whit-Tuesday,
     White Sunday, Whitmonday, Whitsun, Whitsunday, Whitsuntide,

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     originally a Saxon word (Eostre), denoting a goddess of the
     Saxons, in honour of whom sacrifices were offered about the time
     of the Passover. Hence the name came to be given to the festival
     of the Resurrection of Christ, which occured at the time of the
     Passover. In the early English versions this word was frequently
     used as the translation of the Greek pascha (the Passover). When
     the Authorized Version (1611) was formed, the word "passover"
     was used in all passages in which this word pascha occurred,
     except in Act 12:4. In the Revised Version the proper word,
     "passover," is always used.

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