van

Primary Meanings of van

1.
n
(Great Britain) a closed railroad car that carries baggage or freight
2.
n
the leading units moving at the head of an army
Full Definitions of van
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n (Great Britain) a closed railroad car that carries baggage or freight

Type of:
car, railcar, railroad car, railway car
a wheeled vehicle adapted to the rails of railroad

n a truck with an enclosed cargo space

Types:
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bookmobile
a van with shelves of books; serves as a mobile library or bookstore
delivery truck, delivery van, panel truck
a van suitable for delivering goods or services to customers
laundry truck
van that picks up and delivers laundry
milk float
a van (typically powered by electricity) with an open side that is used to deliver milk to houses
moving van
a van used for moving home or office furniture
passenger van
a van that carries passengers
black Maria, paddy wagon, patrol wagon, police van, police wagon, wagon
van used by police to transport prisoners
minivan
a small box-shaped passenger van; usually has removable seats; used as a family car
pantechnicon
a large moving van (especially one used for moving furniture)
Type of:
motortruck, truck
an automotive vehicle suitable for hauling

n a camper equipped with living quarters

Synonyms:
caravan
Type of:
camper, camping bus, motor home
a recreational vehicle equipped for camping out while traveling
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n the leading units moving at the head of an army

Synonyms:
vanguard
Type of:
army unit
a military unit that is part of an army

n any creative group active in the innovation and application of new concepts and techniques in a given field (especially in the arts)

Synonyms:
avant-garde, new wave, vanguard
Type of:
art movement, artistic movement
a group of artists who agree on general principles

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