from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An enclosed boxlike motor vehicle having rear or side doors and side panels especially for transporting people.
- n. A covered or enclosed truck or wagon often used for transporting goods or livestock.
- n. Chiefly British A closed railroad car used for carrying baggage or freight.
- transitive v. To transport by van: vanned the horses to the racetrack.
- intransitive v. To drive or travel in a van: vanned around the country.
- n. The vanguard; the forefront.
- n. A wing.
- n. Archaic A winnowing device, such as a fan.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A (covered) vehicle used for carrying goods or people, usually roughly cuboid in shape, longer and higher than a car but smaller than a truck
- n. a railway carriage
- n. shortened form of vanguard
- n. shortened form of caravan
- v. To transport in a van or similar vehicle (especially of horses).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The front of an army; the first line or leading column; also, the front line or foremost division of a fleet, either in sailing or in battle.
- n. A shovel used in cleansing ore.
- n. A light wagon, either covered or open, used by tradesmen and others for the transportation of goods.
- n. A large covered wagon for moving furniture, etc., also for conveying wild beasts, etc., for exhibition.
- n. A closed railway car for baggage. See the Note under Car, 2.
- n. A fan or other contrivance, as a sieve, for winnowing grain.
- n. A wing with which the air is beaten.
- transitive v. To wash or cleanse, as a small portion of ore, on a shovel.
- transitive v. To fan, or to cleanse by fanning; to winnow.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To winnow; fan.
- In mining, to separate, as ore from veinstone, by washing it on the point of a shovel. See van, n., 2, and vanner.
- To carry or transport in a van.
- A shortened form of avant-.
- n. The small store in a logging-camp in which clothing, tobacco, and medicine are kept, to supply the crew.
- n. A fan or other contrivance for winnowing grain.
- n. [⟨ van, verb] In mining, a test of the value of an ore, made by washing (vanning) a small quantity, after powdering it, on the point of a shovel. Vanning is to a Cornish miner what washing in the horn spoon is to the Mexican. See van, verb, 2.
- n. A vane, as of a feather; hence, a wing.
- n. The foremost division of an army on the march, or of a fleet when sailing; hence, by extension, the front of an army when in line of battle: opposed to rear.
- n. The leaders of any movement in which many are engaged; the foremost individuals of any moving body; the front of any advancing body; the front generally: literally or figuratively.
- n. Any large covered carriage; specifically, a large covered wagon used in moving furniture and household effects.
- n. A kind of vehicle, sometimes covered and sometimes open, used by tradesmen and others for carrying light goods, etc.
- n. A close carriage attached to a railway-train, for carrying passengers' luggage, for the accommodation of the guard, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Great Britain) a closed railroad car that carries baggage or freight
- n. a truck with an enclosed cargo space
- n. the leading units moving at the head of an army
- n. a camper equipped with living quarters
- n. any creative group active in the innovation and application of new concepts and techniques in a given field (especially in the arts)
If your van is a beater, you might not want or need comprehensive anyway.
The horse stands thirteen hands if an inch; the van is a converted coster's barrow.
If the van is going to be valet parked for us, we can swivel that box upside down to drop all the coins in our hand and put them in a pocket.
I was in van full of tourists in an open air market in Nairobi in 1969 when we were all nearly lynched when one woman took one picture of the local crowd without permision.
Since my wifes van is registered using the address of her mothers house in México City and has D.F. License plates on it, she just has the verification test done every six months there since they go to México City every month anyway.
My wife's new van is new enough that it qualifies for a double O (OO) verification (smog test) sticker.
Andrei Arshavin, Robin van Persie and an own-goal by Fulham's Chris Board put Arsenal in control by halftime, and Carlos Vela later added a fourth.
Edwin van der Sar has been a "veteran" for longer than he probably cares to remember but it is probably a measure of the man that, when he turns 40 tomorrow, we are still no closer to knowing for certain when he intends to hang up those gloves.
United are looking, too, for a replacement for Edwin van der Sar at the end of this season and Arsenal are keen on the £20m-rated Reina but the Liverpool manager has insisted the 28-year-old will remain.
Aaron Ramsey and Robin van Persie are scheduled to return to training at the end of next week while Manuel Almunia, Thomas Vermaelen and Abou Diaby will not be fit for Saturday's visit of West Ham United.