caravan

Definitions

  • Camel caravan
    Camel caravan
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v caravan travel in a caravan
    • n caravan a camper equipped with living quarters
    • n caravan a procession (of wagons or mules or camels) traveling together in single file "we were part of a caravan of almost a thousand camels","they joined the wagon train for safety"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Salt caravans crossing the Sahara desert sometimes numbered as many as 40,000 camels.
    • Caravan A company of travelers, pilgrims, or merchants, organized and equipped for a long journey, or marching or traveling together, esp. through deserts and countries infested by robbers or hostile tribes, as in Asia or Africa.
    • Caravan A covered vehicle for carrying passengers or for moving furniture, etc.; -- sometimes shorted into van.
    • Caravan A large, covered wagon, or a train of such wagons, for conveying wild beasts, etc., for exhibition; an itinerant show, as of wild beasts.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n caravan A company of travelers, pilgrims, or merchants, in many parts of Asia and Africa, who associate together that they may travel with greater security, especially through deserts or regions infested by robbers. Nearly all commerce in these countries was formerly carried on by caravans, using camels chiefly for transportation; and they are still numerous, though largely superseded by other methods.
    • n caravan Figuratively, any large number of persons traveling together, especially when moving slowly or with much baggage; poetically, any large number of persons, or even animals, considered as traveling together to a common destination.
    • n caravan A large covered carriage used for conveying passengers, or a company of people traveling together, or a traveling exhibition or show; hence, any large covered wagon or cart for travel or transport: often abbreviated to van.
    • n caravan A number of vessels or barks in company, or an expedition with such vessels.
    • n caravan A hood with hoops or springs of whalebone and an adjustable veil for the face.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Caravan kar′a-van a company of travellers associated together for security in crossing the deserts in the East: a company of people: a large close carriage, or any kind of house on wheels
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Quotations

  • Kahlil Gibran
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    “Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.”
  • Ralph Hodgson
    Ralph Hodgson
    “Time, you old gypsy man, will you not stay, put up your caravan just for one day?”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. caravane,cf. Sp. caravana,), fr. Per. karwān, a caravan (in sense 1). Cf. Van a wagon
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pers. kārwānsarāīkārwān, caravan, sarāi, inn.

Usage

In literature:

The caravans travelled far beyond the limits of the empire.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
In my caravan of seventeen men, seven, including the fu t'ou, used opium.
"A Wayfarer in China" by Elizabeth Kendall
It was principally a caravan of gold-seekers: adventurers of all nations.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
We laughed, of course, for caravaneers are ever the prey of sun mirages, and legends are dear to their souls.
"Walls of Acid" by Henry Hasse
Then the gaudy door of the caravan yielded, and a pretty gypsy girt appeared in the opening.
"The Duke's Motto" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
She is mounted in the great canvas-covered waggon, which is quite a caravan in every respect.
"Our Home in the Silver West" by Gordon Stables
From this place he set out with a caravan, consisting of twenty men and sixty horses.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
A swirl arm comes over at night, you see, and the caravan master loses his head.
"The Weakling" by Everett B. Cole
Once in Outremer they might go on by piccioni again or by camel caravan.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
On the 23rd of October, at eleven in the morning, in a fine moonlight, the caravan set out.
"A Winter Amid the Ice" by Jules Verne
It is said that the caravan, when ready to commence its march, contained no less than four hundred and fifty persons.
"Genghis Khan, Makers of History Series" by Jacob Abbott
Everybody in the school has noticed their caravans, and realizes they're there.
"The Madcap of the School" by Angela Brazil
The valley was filled with the blue shades of dusk when he espied some distance beyond him what was evidently a camp, a caravan at rest.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
The caravan which they intended to accompany was already far out on the plain.
"Captain Bayley's Heir:" by G. A. Henty
Objects march in caravans through the eye gate and the ear gate, each provoking its own train of thought.
"A Man's Value to Society" by Newell Dwight Hillis
The Priest shifted his eyes to the caravan itself.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
The small caravan of a dozen men stood motionless, as though riveted to the spot.
"The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ" by Nicolas Notovitch
He came down with the last caravan, but was taken ill and unable to return with it.
"The Cat of Bubastes" by G. A. Henty
Having thus arranged everything, he was ready to set out at the time that the caravan for Mecca was to take its departure.
"Favorite Fairy Tales" by Various
Three, from our own caravans which covered the desert trails from Tripoli to Dakar and from Marrakech to Kano.
"Black Man's Burden" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
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In poetry:

And on from thence to Ispahan,
The gilded garden of the sun,
Whence the long dusty caravan
Brings cedar and vermilion;
"Ave Imperatrix" by Oscar Wilde
The wrong road now was the old high way
Of young Truth's caravan;
To-morrow is not to-day, to-day,
Or the baby yet a man.
"Dominions Of The Boundary" by Bernard O Dowd
Upon the Tibetan plain
A limping caravan,
Dive, and exterminate
The Lama, late
Survival of old pain.
Go kill the dying swan.
"Ode To Our Young Pro-Consuls Of The Air" by Allen Tate
Here surge the ceaseless caravans,
Here throbs the city's heart,
And down the street each takes his way
To play his little part.
"Broadway" by Charles Hanson Towne
Or caravans, that from Bassora's gate
With westward steps depart;
Or Mecca's pilgrims, confident of Fate,
And resolute in heart!
"By The Fireside : Sand Of The Desert In An Hour-Glass" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The crows that train o'er desert skies
In endless caravans that have no goal
But flight--where darkness flies--
From Pole to Pole.
"At Winter’s End" by Cale Young Rice

In news:

Select Publix locations are stops in the Coca Cola caravan.
Wipaire, Inc announces the certification of its new-and-improved Single Point Fueling System for the Cessna Caravan.
Fans and journos grow wearier and wackier as RiRi's 'Unapologetic' caravan parties with Diddy in the City of Lights.
Watch the unveiling of the new Daimler Chrysler minivans, the Chrysler Town and Country and the Dodge Grand Caravan.
Watchdog 10 reported on the Cessna Caravan that was supposed to be used to take the high-tech pictures and speed along road projects.
Caravan moving through San Antonio on way to protest Arizona's dismantling of Mexican-American studies.
Arturo "R2" Pozo was born Saturday in a silver Dodge Caravan pulled over in Orem, thanks to a little help from a dispatcher .
Caravan features appearances by Holgorsen, Huggins.
The list of sponsors for tonight's Mountaineer Athletic Club's Mountaineer Coaches Caravan continues to grow while the number of tickets for the annual event has shrank to zero.
05 Dodge Caravan, good condition, 150,000 kilometre, 1 owner, $5,000.
The familiar sputtering of Doodle Bug scooters filled the air at The Executive Inn in Webster City as a caravan of riders pulled in to celebrate the 26th annual Doodle Bug reunion.
Garrett Matteson Mikaela Lindquist attempts a shot while bouncing off a trampoline during the Timberwolves Caravan.
Nettie Wijsman says her 1999 gold Dodge Caravan and 2000 black Honda CRV — both equipped with $28,500 worth of modifications — were stolen from outside of her Menlo Park home last week.
This was the 15th year for the land-locked caravan of boats.
The flight originated in New Jersey and was bound for California when four terrorists hijacked it, and the motorcycle caravan will retrace the flight 's intended path.
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In science:

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Meta-Learning for Phonemic Annotation of Corpora
Caravan, Strategies for increasing the sensitivity of gadolinium based MRI contrast agents, Chem.
A Quantum Mechanical Review of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
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