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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

He has Van Gogh's ear for music.
Billy Wilder

In August of 2002, I survived a car accident. Although I can still see the van speeding toward us, I cannot bring to mind the crash itself - only its aftermath.
Siri Hustvedt

The clothes that fire up my emotions are colorful and 'different' pieces. My eye still picks out gilded-cloque glamour from among Burberry's streamlined trench coats or a hand-printed coat from Dries Van Noten.
Suzy Menkes

My Dad used to tell us: 'En este pais, ustedes van a poder lograr todas las cosas que nosotros no pudimos' 'In this country, you will be able to accomplish all the things we never could.'
Marco Rubio

One or two of the trips were a bit scary. Soldiers had me at gun point on one trip, locked me in my van all night and escorted me in and out of buildings when I wanted to wash.
Joey Dunlop
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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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