As defined by A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic (Geir Zoëga):
austan Old Icelandic word can mean:
- 1) from the east;
- á ~, blowing from east;
- fyrir ~ (as a prep. with acc.), east of;
- 2) without motion, on the eastern side (þrjú hlið vóru ~ á borginni);
- 3) with gen., to the east of (~ árinnar; ~ fjarðar).
Possible runic inscription in Younger Futhark:ᛅᚢᛋᛏᛅᚾ