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Definition of VAN

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Van \Van\, n. [L. vannus a van, or fan for winnowing grain: cf. F. van. Cf. {Fan}, {Van} a wing {Winnow}.] [1913 Webster]
     1. A fan or other contrivance, as a sieve, for winnowing grain. [1913 Webster]

     2. [OF. vanne, F. vanneau beam feather (cf. It. vanno a wing) fr. L. vannus. See Etymology above.] A wing with which the air is beaten. [Archaic] "[/Angels] on their plumy vans received him. " --Milton. [1913 Webster]

              He wheeled in air, and stretched his vans in vain; His vans no longer could his flight sustain.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

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Van \Van\, n. [Abbrev. fr. vanguard.]
     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. [1913 Webster]

           Standards and gonfalons, twixt van and rear, Stream in the air.                       --Milton. [1913 Webster]

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Van \Van\, n. [Cornish.] (Mining)
     A shovel used in cleansing ore.
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Van \Van\, v. t. (Mining)
     To wash or cleanse, as a small portion of ore, on a shovel.
     --Raymond.
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Van \Van\, n. [Abbreviated from caravan.] [1913 Webster]
     1. A light wagon, either covered or open, used by tradesmen and others for the transportation of goods. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

     2. A large covered wagon for moving furniture, etc., also for conveying wild beasts, etc., for exhibition. [1913 Webster]

     3. A closed railway car for baggage. See the Note under {Car}, 2. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

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Van \Van\, v. t. [Cf. F. vanner to winnow, to fan. See {Van} a winnowing machine.] To fan, or to cleanse by fanning; to winnow. [Obs.] --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

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Caravan \Car"a*van\ (k[a^]r"[.a]*v[a^]n or k[a^]r*[.a]*v[a^]n";
     277), n. [F. caravane (cf. Sp. caravana), fr. Per. karw[=a]n a caravan (in sense 1). Cf. {Van} a wagon.]
     1. A company of travelers, pilgrims, or merchants, organized and equipped for a long journey, or marching or traveling together, esp. through deserts and countries infested by robbers or hostile tribes, as in Asia or Africa. [1913 Webster]

     2. A large, covered wagon, or a train of such wagons, for conveying wild beasts, etc., for exhibition; an itinerant show, as of wild beasts. [1913 Webster]

     3. A covered vehicle for carrying passengers or for moving furniture, etc.; -- sometimes shorted into {van}. [1913 Webster]

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VAN
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97 Moby Thesaurus words for "van":
     Conestoga wagon, Pullman, Pullman car, advance guard, airhead, anteposition, armed guard, avant-garde, baggage car, bank guard, battle line, beachhead, boxcar, bridgehead, caboose, car, caravan, carriage, chair car, coach, coal car, coast guard, cordon, cordon sanitaire, covered waggon, covered wagon, day coach, diner, dinghy, dining car, drawing room, dray, farthest outpost, first line, flat, flatcar, forefront, foregoing, front, front line, front rank, front-runner, garrison, goalie, goalkeeper, goaltender, gondola, guard, guarder, guardsman, haywagon, heading, inlying picket, jailer, le pas, leading, line, local, luggage van, mail car, mail van, outguard, outpost, palace car, parlor car, passenger car, picket, pioneer, point, prairie schooner, precedence, preceding, precursor, priority, railhead, railway car, rear guard, reefer, refrigerator car, roomette, scout, security guard, sleeper, smoker, smoking car, spearhead, stockcar, tank, tender, the lead, train guard, truck, vanguard, waggon, wagon, wain, warder


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