van
Pronunciation Noun

van (plural vans)

  1. 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/lorry.
    The van sped down the road.
  2. (British) An enclosed railway vehicle for transport of goods.
  3. (UK, dated) A light wagon, either covered or open, used by tradesmen and others for the transportation of goods.
  4. (aerospace) A large towable vehicle equipped for the repair of structures that cannot easily be moved.
    • 1959, Western Aerospace (volume 39, page 46)
      Designed to be fully mobile and self-contained, the complete equipment includes an air-conditioned van containing all necessary electronic gear and a flat bed trailer in which missiles, jet engines and other large assemblies may be cleaned.
Translations Translations
  • Italian: vagone merci
  • Portuguese: vagão
  • Russian: ваго́н
  • Spanish: vagón
Verb

van (vans, present participle vanning; past and past participle vanned)

  1. (transitive) To transport in a van or similar vehicle (especially of horses).
  2. (internet slang, used in passive voice) Of law enforcement: to arrest (not necessarily in a van; derived from party van).
Noun

van (plural vans)

  1. Clipping of vanguard#English|vanguard.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. In Six Volumes, volume (please specify ), London: Printed by A[ndrew] Millar, […], OCLC 928184292 ↗:
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      As for the guides, they were debarred from the pleasure of discourse, the one being placed in the van, and the other obliged to bring up the rear.
Noun

van (plural vans)

  1. (mining) A shovel used in cleansing ore.
Verb

van (vans, present participle vanning; past and past participle vanned)

  1. (mining) To wash or cleanse, as a small portion of ore, on a shovel.
Noun

van (plural vans)

  1. A fan or other contrivance, such as a sieve, for winnowing grain.
  2. A wing with which the air is beaten.
    • 1671, John Milton, “Book the Fourth”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398 ↗, lines 578–580, pages 108–109 ↗:
      So Satan fell; and ſtrait a fiery Globe / Of Angels on full ſail of wing flew nigh, / Who on their plumy Vans receiv'd him ſoft {{...}
Related terms
Van
Pronunciation Proper noun
  1. A male given name.
Proper noun
  1. A female given name.
Proper noun
  1. A large saline tectonic lake of the Armenian Highland in eastern Turkey lakes, famous for its Chalcalburnus tarichi (syn. Alburnus tarichi) fish and the 10th century Armenian cathedral on Akhtamar Island.
  2. A city on the shore of that lake.
Translations
  • German: Van
  • Russian: Ван
Translations
  • German: Van
  • Russian: Ван
Proper noun
  1. Abbreviation of Vancouver#English|Vancouver.
Related terms Noun

van (plural vans)

  1. A Van cat.
  2. A Turkish Van cat.

VAN
Noun

van (plural vans)

  1. Abbreviation of value-added network.
Proper noun
  1. Abbreviation of Vancouver#English|Vancouver.
Synonyms
  • (Vancouver) YVR



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