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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

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

My first assistant-coaching job in football was at William & Mary in 1961. The pay wasn't much, so to get $300 more per year, I agreed to coach the golf team. I didn't even know how to keep score, and really, my main job was not to wreck the van on the way to tournaments.
Lou Holtz

It's rather splendid to think of all those great men and women who appear to have presented symptoms that allow us to describe them as bipolar. Whether it's Hemingway, Van Gogh... Robert Schumann has been mentioned... Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath... some of them with rather grim ends.
Stephen Fry

In science, if you don't do it, somebody else will. Whereas in art, if Beethoven didn't compose the 'Ninth Symphony,' no one else before or after is going to compose the 'Ninth Symphony' that he composed; no one else is going to paint 'Starry Night' by van Gogh.
Neil deGrasse Tyson

If you look at a building by Mies van der Rohe, it might look very simple, but up close, the sheer quality of construction, materials and thought are inspirational.
David Chipperfield
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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