Van meaning

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The definition of a van is a closed truck that carries people, animals or things.

An example of a van is the vehicle used to pick up riders at an airport.

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(chiefly british) A closed railroad car used for carrying baggage or freight.
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To transport by van.

Vanned the horses to the racetrack.

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To drive or travel in a van.

Vanned around the country.

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The vanguard; the forefront.
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A wing.
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A winnowing device, such as a fan.
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(archaic) A winnowing machine.
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(old poet.) A wing.
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A closed truck or wagon for moving furniture, carrying freight or people, etc.
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A small, closed truck for utility use, as deliveries, repairs, etc., or for use as an RV, airport limousine, etc.
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To transport in a van.
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To travel in a recreational van.
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Of or from.
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(place) Salt lake in E Turkey: c. 1,450 sq mi (3,755 sq km)
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Abbreviation of Vancouver.
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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.

The van sped down the road.

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(UK) A railway carriage.
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(UK, dated) A light wagon, either covered or open, used by tradesmen and others for the transportation of goods.
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Shortened form of vanguard.
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Shortened form of caravan.
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To transport in a van or similar vehicle (especially of horses).
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(mining) A shovel used in cleansing ore.
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(mining) To wash or cleanse, as a small portion of ore, on a shovel.

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A fan or other contrivance, such as a sieve, for winnowing grain.
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A wing with which the air is beaten.
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Origin of van

  • Middle English from Old English fann Old French van both from Latin vannus wet-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Short for vanguard

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Short for caravan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin vannus (“a van, or fan for winnowing grain"): compare French van.

    From Wiktionary

  • Short for caravan.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Wiktionary