• WordNet 3.6
    • n vanguard the position of greatest importance or advancement; the leading position in any movement or field "the Cotswolds were once at the forefront of woollen manufacturing in England","the idea of motion was always to the forefront of his mind and central to his philosophy"
    • n vanguard the leading units moving at the head of an army
    • n vanguard 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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Vanguard (Mil) The troops who march in front of an army; the advance guard; the van.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vanguard A detachment of an army whose duty it is to guard against surprise from the front and to clear the way; the van. Compare van.
    • vanguard To stand as a guard before.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Vanguard van′gärd the guard in the van of an army: the part of an army preceding the main body: the front line.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
For vantguard, avantguard, F. avant-garde,; avant, before, fore + garde, guard. See Avant Ab-,Ante-, and Guard, and cf. Advance Vamp Van of an army, Vaward
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Formerly vantgard—Fr. avant-gardeavant, before, garde, guard.


In literature:

When the snow stopped, on its heels came the vanguard of the arctic cold.
"Kings in Exile" by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts
As soon as the vanguard of the dark cloud was sighted from Broken Hill, the airplanes went aloft.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
On that day the vanguard of the British army appeared on the opposite side of the Raritan.
"From Farm House to the White House" by William M. Thayer
At length he met the vanguard of Genghis Khan's army at a place where they were attempting to cross a river by a bridge.
"Genghis Khan, Makers of History Series" by Jacob Abbott
Banks has no guns, no cavalry, and is in the vanguard.
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski
Led by Bennett's questions, Armand repeated Raoul's claim that the three peace messengers were actually the vanguard of a Sauk attack.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Mr. Secretary of State, your country has taken gigantic strides in the march of progress until it occupies a position in the vanguard.
"Latin America and the United States" by Elihu Root
If this was the vanguard what would be the main body?
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
At one time two men detached themselves from the rest of the vanguard and proceeded to divest themselves calmly of their accoutrements.
"From the St. Lawrence to the Yser with the 1st Canadian brigade" by Frederic C. Curry
On August 15, 1914, Von Buelow's vanguard came within sight of Namur.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various

In poetry:

But should you waver, you, who lead
The vanguard where drums beat,
How shall the host of hell come on,
Heaven's armies sound retreat!
"Immortal Eve - IV" by Manmohan Ghose
"My wound is deep; I fain would sleep;
Take thou the vanguard of the three,
And hide me by the braken bush,
That grows on yonder lilye lee.
"Battle Of Otterbourne" by Anonymous British
'My wound is deep; I fain would sleep;
Take thou the vanguard of the three,
And hide me by the braken-bush,
That grows on yonder lilye lee.
"The Battle Of Otterburn" by Anonymous British
But the vanguard is Valour and Glory;
The phalanx is Freedom and Right;
The leaders are Honour and Duty:
Are they soldiers to fail in the fight?
"The Painter Of Florence" by Ernest Jones
Above the sea the clouds were keeping
Their secret leaguer, gray and still;
They sent their misty vanguard creeping
With muffled step from hill to hill.
"The Fall Of The Leaves" by Henry Van Dyke
And your sons shall have the reaping,
And your sons shall have the keeping
Of your honour while you’re sleeping,
Freedom’s vanguard, in your graves.
"The Distant Drum" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Here's a piece of news that really bodes well for beer lovers: Sierra Nevada , one of the vanguard of the Craft Beer Revolution, has plans to build a brewery on the east coast.
The Vanguard S&P 500 index fund (VFIAX) has had an average annual expense ratio of 0.091 percent over the past ten years.
Sneaky Pete is a blend of five hop types: Simcoe, Glacier, Centennial, Vanguard and Hallertauer, with Simcoe playing the dominant role at 30 percent.
After 30+ years of being at the forefront of the alternative rock vanguard, Sonic Youth show no signs of slowing down.
In this role, Breinlinger will oversee Vanguard's newly created Specialized Cargo Division for the two regions.
Vanguard Thrives in a Sour Climate.
One Night Only at the Village Vanguard.
Tom Clancy's Rainbox Six: Shadow Vanguard Review.
John Teeter , deputy CIO at the Health and Human Services Department, received the Government Technology Research Alliance's Vanguard Award for his work at the department through the years, the group announced June 26.
The latest work by award-winning playwright Raul Garza ( Fantasmaville, Dos Pocitos ) is onstage now at Salvage Vanguard Theater.
Coltrane at the Village Vanguard in 1965.
The Vanguard 222 N Main St Tulsa, OK 74103.
Vanguard Introduces New Fund, ETF.
EDGE Homegroan Night @ The Vanguard.

In science:

The Virtual Observatory is in the vanguard with dedicated tools and services that enable and facilitate the discovery, dissemination and analysis of time domain data.
Connecting the time domain community with the Virtual Astronomical Observatory
Once the stars and vanguard of advanced computing, in appearance at least, supercomputers have been eclipsed by an Internet-enabled Web-driven future of opportunity and challenge.
Cluster Computing White Paper
Their concerns and approaches seemed totally alien to the consensus vanguard of theoretical physics, which was busy successfully ;-) constructing a unique and mathematically perfect Universe.
Enlightenment, Knowledge, Ignorance, Temptation
Now the vanguard has marched off to join the prophets in the wilderness.
Enlightenment, Knowledge, Ignorance, Temptation
The University of Maryland and the Forschungszentrum-J¨ulich have been at the vanguard of this progress.
Using the Wigner-Ibach Surmise to Analyze Terrace-Width Distributions: History, User's Guide, and Advances