• Van Artevelde stands in his doorway listening to the burghers' plea
    Van Artevelde stands in his doorway listening to the burghers' plea
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n van a truck with an enclosed cargo space
    • n van a camper equipped with living quarters
    • n van (Great Britain) a closed railroad car that carries baggage or freight
    • n van the leading units moving at the head of an army
    • n van any creative group active in the innovation and application of new concepts and techniques in a given field (especially in the arts)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Terrestrial Globe of Van Lauen Zonen, 1745 Terrestrial Globe of Van Lauen Zonen, 1745

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During his lifetime, artist Vincent Van Gogh only sold one of his paintings (The Red Vineyard)
    • Van A closed railway car for baggage. See the Note under Car, 2.
    • Van A fan or other contrivance, as a sieve, for winnowing grain.
    • Van A large covered wagon for moving furniture, etc., also for conveying wild beasts, etc., for exhibition.
    • Van A light wagon, either covered or open, used by tradesmen and others for the transportation of goods.
    • n Van (Mining) A shovel used in cleansing ore.
    • Van A wing with which the air is beaten. "/Angels] on their plumy vans received him.""He wheeled in air, and stretched his vans in vain;
      His vans no longer could his flight sustain."
    • n Van 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. "Standards and gonfalons, twixt van and rear,
      Stream in the air."
    • v. t Van To fan, or to cleanse by fanning; to winnow.
    • v. t Van (Mining) To wash or cleanse, as a small portion of ore, on a shovel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During his entire life, Vincent Van Gogh sold exactly one painting, Red Vineyard at Arles
    • n van The small store in a logging-camp in which clothing, tobacco, and medicine are kept, to supply the crew.
    • n van A fan or other contrivance for winnowing grain.
    • n van [⟨ van, verb] In mining, a test of the value of an ore, made by washing (vanning) a small quantity, after powdering it, on the point of a shovel. Vanning is to a Cornish miner what washing in the horn spoon is to the Mexican. See van, verb, 2.
    • n van A vane, as of a feather; hence, a wing.
    • van To winnow; fan.
    • van In mining, to separate, as ore from veinstone, by washing it on the point of a shovel. See van, n., 2, and vanner.
    • n van The foremost division of an army on the march, or of a fleet when sailing; hence, by extension, the front of an army when in line of battle: opposed to rear.
    • n van The leaders of any movement in which many are engaged; the foremost individuals of any moving body; the front of any advancing body; the front generally: literally or figuratively.
    • n van Any large covered carriage; specifically, a large covered wagon used in moving furniture and household effects.
    • n van A kind of vehicle, sometimes covered and sometimes open, used by tradesmen and others for carrying light goods, etc.
    • n van A close carriage attached to a railway-train, for carrying passengers' luggage, for the accommodation of the guard, etc.
    • van To carry or transport in a van.
    • van A shortened form of avant-.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Audrey Hepburn’s real name was Edda van Heemstra Hepburn-Ruston.
    • n Van van the front: the front of an army or a fleet: the leaders of any movement.
    • n Van van a fan for grain, &c.: a vane, wing: a test for ascertaining the value of an ore by washing a small quantity on a shovel
    • v.t Van to separate ore in this way
    • n Van van a large covered wagon for goods, &c.: a light vehicle, covered or not, used by tradesmen in delivering goods: a carriage in a railway-train for carrying luggage, for the use of the guard, &c.
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  • Logan Pearsall Smith
    “All my life, as down an abyss without a bottom. I have been pouring van loads of information into that vacancy of oblivion I call my mind.”


Rip van Winkle - Rip van Winkle is a character in a story who slept for twenty years, so if someone is a Rip van Winkle, they are behind the times and out of touch with what's happening now.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. vanne, F. vanneau, beam feather (cf. It. vanno, a wing) fr. L. vannus,. See Etymology above
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Short for caravan.


In literature:

Miss Strange, you are in the Van Broecklyn mansion, famous enough you will acknowledge.
"Masterpieces of Mystery In Four Volumes" by Various
The remembrance of Wilhelmina Van Wyk came before him like some fair angel, commanding him to hope and wait.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
Van Busch he had named himself.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
The mountain already held the enemy's van; Moeller's retreat was cut off.
"History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902 v. 1 (of 4)" by Frederick Maurice
Mr. Van Brunt will be here soon, I guess; it's most time for him to be along.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
She was the mother of the authoress, Mrs. John King Van Rensselaer.
"As I Remember" by Marian Gouverneur
Behind the group stood a yellow van, drawn by two donkeys gayly tricked out with scarlet nets and jingling bells.
"The Italian Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins
The town, indeed, was not less calm than the Van Tricasse mansion.
"A Winter Amid the Ice" by Jules Verne
Van Aylstyne picks up his hat which had fell off in the struggle.
"Kid Scanlan" by H. C. Witwer
Miss Clara Van Duzen and Mr. Desmond, her uncle, sat opposite, and an introduction across the table took place.
"That Mother-in-Law of Mine" by Anonymous

In poetry:

Door de kleurgebroken bogen
Van de tranen die gij zondt,
Worden ziende weer mijn oogen
Als in nieuwen morgenstond:
"Invocatio Amoris" by Pieter Cornelis Boutens
His fame who led the stormy van
Of battle well may cease,
But never that which crowns the man
Whose victory was Peace.
"William Francis Bartlett" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Zo goed
als een klokje diep in het dal,
de lauwe geur van veevoeder overal
's avonds over de dorpen lijk een offerande.
"Lied Van De Arbeid" by Weis Moens
Het maanlicht vult de zuivre heemlen
Met glanzende geheimenis,
De luisterblauwe verten weemlen
Van Die alom en nergens is.
"Maanlicht" by Pieter Cornelis Boutens
Door het licht-en-donkere verglijden
Dezer doelloos wisslende getijden
Streeft een nieuw en vast seizoen;
Achter branden van nabije zonnen
Is de groote dageraad begonnen
Van een andren, blinden noen.
"Alle Heemlen Vult De Zoete Roke" by Pieter Cornelis Boutens
Ik weet niet wat de' avond zoo stil doet zijn....
Komt het van 't zwijgen der wilde merels,
Of van de peinzende sterreperels,
Of doet het de stervende zonneschijn
Die zachtkens zachtkens de kim toespreidt
Zijn vlinderteere doorzichtigheid?
"Avondzwijgen" by Margot Vos

In news:

James Van Der Beek Files For Divorce.
James Van Der Beek Files For Divorce From Wife Heather McComb (Photos).
Actor James Van Der Beek has filed for divorce from his wife of almost six years, Heather McCombs.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Court records show James Van Der Beek has filed for divorce from his wife of nearly six years.
James Van Der Beek as a scientist whose research has been misused in the mini-series "Storm.".
I never went to the Warped Tour when it started because (1) I didn't believe I should support Vans because they moved their operations overseas.
Cedrik Magis, Almer M van der Sloot, Luis Serrano, Cedric Notredame.
Tokyo Auto Salon Vans Black Gray Micro Van.
Tokyo Auto Salon Vans Show Floor.
Tokyo Auto Salon Vans Leather Wood Interior.
Tokyo Auto Salon Vans Captains Chairs.
The engine roars to life, and Bruce Van Sant inches the motorcycle forward, stopping about 25 feet from the starting line.
Van like what Howell might be driving.
A van crosses the temporary bridge at left.
Van Bogart , K-9 earn FDCF?Spotlight.

In science:

Berends, J.W. van Holten, P. van Nieuwenhuizen and B. de Wit, J.
Point particle in general background fields and generalized equivalence principle
Berendsen, D. van der Spoel and R. van Drunen, GROMACS: A message–passing parallel molecular dynamics implementation, Comp.
Simple models of protein folding and of non--conventional drug design
The strategy to prove the following Theorem was introduced by Paredaens, Van den Bussche and Van Gucht [Paredaens et al. 1994].
First-order Complete and Computationally Complete Query Languages for Spatio-Temporal Databases
The proof technique used here was introduced by Gyssens, Van den Bussche and Van Gucht [Gyssens et al. 1999].
First-order Complete and Computationally Complete Query Languages for Spatio-Temporal Databases
Paredaens, J., Van den Bussche, J., and Van Gucht, D. 1994.
First-order Complete and Computationally Complete Query Languages for Spatio-Temporal Databases