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Pronunciation: (van), [key]
1. the foremost or front division of an army, a fleet, or any group leading an advance or in position to lead an advance.
2. those who are in the forefront of a movement or the like.
3. the forefront in any movement, course of progress, or the like.


Pronunciation: (van), [key]
n., v., vanned, van•ning.

1. a covered vehicle, usually a large truck or trailer, used for moving furniture, goods, animals, etc.
2. a smaller boxlike vehicle that resembles a panel truck, often has double doors both at the rear and along the curb side, and that can be used as a truck, fitted with rows of seats, or equipped with living quarters for traveling and camping.
3. Brit.
a. a railway baggage car.
b. a covered, boxlike railway car, as one used to carry freight.
c. a small, horse-drawn wagon or a small truck, as one used by tradespeople to carry light goods.
4. Also called van conversion. a conventional van whose cargo area has been equipped with living facilities, extra windows, and often increased headroom.

to transport or carry (freight, passengers, etc.) in a van.

to travel in a van.


Pronunciation: (van; Du. vän), [key]
prep. (often cap.)
from; of (used in Dutch personal names, originally to indicate place of origin).


Pronunciation: (van), [key]
a wing.


Pronunciation: (van; for 1, 2 also Turk. vän), [key]
1. Lake, a salt lake in E Turkey. 1454 sq. mi. (3766 sq. km).
2. a town on this lake. 88,597.
3. a male given name.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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