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 for Van
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Van \Van\, n. [L. vannus a van, or fan for winnowing grain: cf.
     F. van. Cf. Fan, Van a wing Winnow.]
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     1. A fan or other contrivance, as a sieve, for winnowing
        grain.
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     2. [OF. vanne, F. vanneau beam feather (cf. It. vanno a wing)
        fr. L. vannus. See Etymology above.] A wing with which the
        air is beaten. [Archaic] "[/Angels] on their plumy vans
        received him. " --Milton.
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              He wheeled in air, and stretched his vans in vain;
              His vans no longer could his flight sustain.
                                                    --Dryden.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Van \Van\, n. [Abbrev. fr. vanguard.]
     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.
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           Standards and gonfalons, twixt van and rear,
           Stream in the air.                       --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Van \Van\, n. [Cornish.] (Mining)
     A shovel used in cleansing ore.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Van \Van\, v. t. (Mining)
     To wash or cleanse, as a small portion of ore, on a shovel.
     --Raymond.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Van \Van\, n. [Abbreviated from caravan.]
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     1. A light wagon, either covered or open, used by tradesmen
        and others for the transportation of goods. [Eng.]
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     2. A large covered wagon for moving furniture, etc., also for
        conveying wild beasts, etc., for exhibition.
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     3. A closed railway car for baggage. See the Note under
        Car, 2. [Eng.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Van \Van\, v. t. [Cf. F. vanner to winnow, to fan. See Van a
     winnowing machine.]
     To fan, or to cleanse by fanning; to winnow. [Obs.] --Bacon.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Caravan \Car"a*van\ (k[a^]r"[.a]*v[a^]n or k[a^]r*[.a]*v[a^]n";
     277), n. [F. caravane (cf. Sp. caravana), fr. Per. karw[=a]n
     a caravan (in sense 1). Cf. Van a wagon.]
     1. 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.
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     2. 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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     3. A covered vehicle for carrying passengers or for moving
        furniture, etc.; -- sometimes shorted into van.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  van
      n 1: any creative group active in the innovation and application
           of new concepts and techniques in a given field (especially
           in the arts) [syn: avant-garde, vanguard, van, new
           wave]
      2: the leading units moving at the head of an army [syn:
         vanguard, van]
      3: (Great Britain) a closed railroad car that carries baggage or
         freight
      4: a camper equipped with living quarters [syn: van,
         caravan]
      5: a truck with an enclosed cargo space

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  97 Moby Thesaurus words for "van":
     Conestoga wagon, Pullman, Pullman car, advance guard, airhead,
     anteposition, armed guard, avant-garde, baggage car, bank guard,
     battle line, beachhead, boxcar, bridgehead, caboose, car, caravan,
     carriage, chair car, coach, coal car, coast guard, cordon,
     cordon sanitaire, covered waggon, covered wagon, day coach, diner,
     dinghy, dining car, drawing room, dray, farthest outpost,
     first line, flat, flatcar, forefront, foregoing, front, front line,
     front rank, front-runner, garrison, goalie, goalkeeper, goaltender,
     gondola, guard, guarder, guardsman, haywagon, heading,
     inlying picket, jailer, le pas, leading, line, local, luggage van,
     mail car, mail van, outguard, outpost, palace car, parlor car,
     passenger car, picket, pioneer, point, prairie schooner,
     precedence, preceding, precursor, priority, railhead, railway car,
     rear guard, reefer, refrigerator car, roomette, scout,
     security guard, sleeper, smoker, smoking car, spearhead, stockcar,
     tank, tender, the lead, train guard, truck, vanguard, waggon,
     wagon, wain, warder
  
  

From V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (February 2016) :

  VAN
         Value Added Network
         

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  Value Added Network
  VAN
  
      (VAN) A privately owned network that provides a
     specific service, such as legal research or access to a
     specialised database, for a fee.  A Value Added Network
     usually offers some service or information that is not readily
     available on public networks.
  
     A Value Added Network's customers typically purchase leased
     lines that connect them to the network or they use a dial-up
     number, given by the network owner, to gain access to the
     network.
  
     (1998-11-10)
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Van, TX -- U.S. city in Texas
     Population (2000):    2362
     Housing Units (2000): 999
     Land area (2000):     2.991353 sq. miles (7.747569 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    2.991353 sq. miles (7.747569 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            74912
     Located within:       Texas (TX), FIPS 48
     Location:             32.526029 N, 95.636493 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     75790
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Van, TX
      Van
  

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