Definitions for ostendɒsˈtɛnd, ˈɒs tɛnd; ɔsˈtɑ̃d
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Ost•endɒsˈtɛnd, ˈɒs tɛnd; ɔsˈtɑ̃d(n.)
Category: Geography (places)
The largest coastal city of Belgium.
Origin: From Oostende, from oost + ende; in the middle ages the city was on the easter end of an island, Testerep, which is now attached to the main land.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a favourite watering-place on the SW. coast of Belgium, 65 m. due W. of Antwerp; attracts 20,000 visitors every summer; it is an important seaport, having daily mail communication with Dover, and it manufactures linen and sail-cloth; fishing is the chief industry; it is famed for oysters, which are brought over from England and fattened for export.