Noun Van Definition and Examples







A covered motor vehicle, typically without side windows, used for transporting goods or people.
  1. as modifier 'a van driver'
  2. 'Just as they reached the bus stop, a stolen police van pulled up.'
  3. 'The van collided with a parked car after the collision.'
  4. 'He was hit by a car as he stepped out from behind a parked van.'
  5. 'An armed attack on an armoured security van carrying thousands in cash was foiled by undercover police.'
  6. 'The following morning the gang were caught red handed loading the loot into a stolen transit van.'
  7. 'A spokesperson said two robbers approached the driver of a security van that was transporting the cash, forced him to the ground and tied his hands.'
  8. 'A team of nine scenes-of-crime officers were dispatched in a police van with blacked-out windows to search the couple's home last night.'
  9. 'The 23-year-old, who has not been named by police, was driving a sports car which hit a van on the wrong side of the road.'
  10. 'They dragged her outside and easily threw her into the bed of an unmarked dark blue van.'
  11. 'As usual tens of riot police vans were waiting for them.'
  12. 'Here the diesel engine that shunts the little guard's van turns tail and pulls them home.'
  13. 'In more recent years pooled cabooses for mainline trains meant only assigned local and branchline train crews kept their own van.'
  14. 'This explains why Edwardian ladies had so much luggage, deposited in the baggage van by a team of railway porters.'
  15. 'The caravan park was crammed with campers, vans and tents.'
  16. 'He knew of the caravan site, found two insecure unoccupied vans, slept there and took items of low value.'


    ((n.) 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.|--|(n.) A shovel used in cleansing ore.|--|(n.) A light wagon, either covered or open, used by tradesmen and others fore the transportation of goods.|--|(n.) A large covered wagon for moving furniture, etc., also for conveying wild beasts, etc., for exhibition.|--|(n.) A close railway car for baggage. See the Note under Car, 2.|--|(n.) A fan or other contrivance, as a sieve, for winnowing grain.|--|(n.) A wing with which the air is beaten.|--|)


    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.


    "There can be van drivers."
    "There can be van roosts."
    "There can be van bombs."
    "There can be van people/places/organizations."
    "There can be van sales."
    "There can be van doors."
    "There can be van people."
    "There can be van loads."
    "There can be van belongings."
    "There can be van sectors."
    "There can be van productions."
    "There can be van meters."
    "There can be van loons."
    "There can be van hunters."
    "There can be van assemblies."
    "There can be van tours."
    "There can be van stakes."
    "There can be van rentals."
    "There can be van plants."
    "There can be van outsides."
    "vans can transfer workers to regions."
    "vans can transfer workers from regions."
    "vans can transfer supplies to regions."
    "vans can transfer supplies from regions."
    "vans can tear circuits in places."
    "vans can take people to schools."
    "vans can ferry woundeds to hospitals."
    "vans can cover circuits in places."
    "vans can up profits in years."
    "vans can stake cuts by groups."
    "vans can plaster banners with slogans."
    "vans can carry bombs into garages."
    "vans can carry bodies in places."
    "vans can acquire stakes in magazines."
    "vans can visit places with people."
    "vans can visit places for talks."
    "vans can transport bikes to finishes."
    "vans can tow trailers on outskirtses."
    "vans can tell people about places."
    "vans can tear circuits in wales."

    1920s: abbreviation.

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