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Definition of Van

Van

  1. 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.
  2. A shovel used in cleansing ore.
  3. To wash or cleanse, as a small portion of ore, on a shovel.
  4. A light wagon, either covered or open, used by tradesmen and others fore the transportation of goods.
  5. A large covered wagon for moving furniture, etc., also for conveying wild beasts, etc., for exhibition.
  6. A close railway car for baggage. See the Note under Car, 2.
  7. A fan or other contrivance, as a sieve, for winnowing grain.
  8. A wing with which the air is beaten.
  9. To fan, or to cleanse by fanning; to winnow.

Van Quotations

When consumers purchase a Toyota, they are not simply purchasing a car, truck or van. They are placing their trust in our company.
Akio Toyoda

'The Night Cafe' and 'The Starry Night' still emit such pathos, density, and intensity that they send shivers down the spine. Whether Van Gogh thought in color or felt with his intellect, the radical color, dynamic distortion, heart, soul, and part-by-part structure in these paintings make him a bridge to a new vision and the vision itself.
Jerry Saltz

Lately I've been falling asleep listening to 'Common One' by Van Morrison, specifically the song 'Summertime in England.' It's 15 minutes long, so to make it through the entire song is a real task unto itself, but Van has that emotional payoff that makes even his most tiresome songs more powerful than most people's entire catalog.
Nate Ruess

Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin - find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that that was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less.
Maya Angelou

I learned from Van Morrison and BB King that the first take is the best. It's about capturing a moment. It's the same as love's first kiss. If you try to do it again, it doesn't work so well.
Jools Holland
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Van Translations

van in Dutch is bestelauto, bestelwagen
van in German is Lastwagen
van in Portuguese is camionete
van in Spanish is furgoneta
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