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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
getaway car/vehicle/van (=a car etc used by criminals to escape after a crime)
guard's van
moving van
removal van
white van man
▪ He was lying under a pummelled blue van, with only his grease-streaked head and shoulders showing.
▪ The blue van, driven by Latowa, pulled up outside a tall, ramshackle house, long ago turned into bedsitters.
▪ Slowly, round the corner of the passageway that ran behind Belmodes, came a blue and white van.
▪ Brenda cycled along the lane towards Stowbridge that morning to meet Daddy in his new van.
▪ Two nuns lifted cartons of groceries into the back of their new Fiat van.
▪ Tommy purchases a new delivery van for $ 10, 000.
▪ Parked at the kerb was a smart new van in pale blue.
▪ The project needs to raise money for a new van.
▪ Looking at the road makes me notice that old white van.
▪ I yelled over the engine noise of the old Dodge van.
▪ An old van and a couple of clapped-out motor bikes, and they let them get away.
▪ He was saved by the noisy arrival of an old van.
▪ Their companion, in his 20s, had an old, noisy van with a smiling face logo on the spare tyre.
▪ It made a change from Georg and his old van.
▪ But here's fact one: Peter drives a red Ford Escort van and lives in Islington.
▪ The massacre happened shortly before 9am, when the workmen were getting out of their red van.
▪ As they reached the lay-by, the accused had pulled in alongside the red van and stopped.
▪ This company had decided to produce a 3/4 wheel car and a small van.
▪ A nervous voice barked at her to go to a small van parked outside her house.
▪ They are supplied with a demonstration kit of a washer and dryer plus a small van painted with the company logo.
▪ A smaller delivery van from a wholesaler was just moving into her unloading yard.
▪ Georgi Kirov packed the small Moskvich van carefully.
▪ Cars and small vans, with only disrepair in common, were head to tail, headlights burning, a few yards away.
▪ Teachers' protests were disregarded as 96 were herded into the small prison van.
▪ Next morning the car, which was a small black van, came for Ben.
▪ Slowly, round the corner of the passageway that ran behind Belmodes, came a blue and white van.
▪ Victims of some of the serial rapes told police the attacker drove a white or light-colored van.
▪ Neighbours had earlier heard arguing, and seen a man drive off at speed in a white van.
▪ Looking at the road makes me notice that old white van.
▪ The other was a white Transit van.
▪ The force of the blast blew the roof off the white taxi van and shattered the windscreens of passing vehicles.
▪ I think he broke something because a big white van took him away and he returned with plaster on his arm.
▪ She hurried towards the white van.
▪ The van bomb detonated at 11.22 am blowing police and civilians off the street.
▪ Police had already thwarted attempts to bring two huge van bombs to Madrid, and to detonate a car bomb in Bilbao.
▪ His wife, Josey, has suggested that he no longer drives their automatic Bedford fully equipped camper van.
▪ They had booked a Toyota camper van and told the hire company they intended spending the next three weeks touring New Zealand.
▪ My second disaster of the trip happened in the very minute of taking the camper van on to the road.
▪ We returned the camper van to the hire centre and had a conference to decide what next.
▪ Motor vehicles: The business owns a fleet of cars and delivery vans all of which were bought from new.
▪ Tommy purchases a new delivery van for $ 10, 000.
▪ They have even given up their company cars and now tout for business in the firm's delivery van.
▪ They initially bought 400 beds at £100 each and a delivery van for £6,000.
▪ A smaller delivery van from a wholesaler was just moving into her unloading yard.
▪ A large delivery van was almost blocking the narrow street, its high sides nearly shutting off the daylight from her windows.
▪ He disappears into the constant traffic of delivery vans, porters and shoppers.
▪ Soho at this hour was an area of delivery vans, and of pavements that were wet with hosing-down.
▪ A van driver involved in the accident has been charged with causing death by careless driving.
▪ It's the second time van driver Martin Clarke has been convicted of drink-driving.
▪ The family, shaken but unhurt, were freed by one of the van drivers.
▪ In addition, we would require a van driver.
▪ Mr Manwaring would have been no match for the fit 25-year-old van driver, who boxed and played badminton, said prosecution.
▪ At that moment, a van driver was moving into Mary's old parking space.
▪ Jim Eggleton, a retired van driver, was well known and liked in the hamlet of Russell's Water.
▪ Thirteen others were injured, including the van driver.
▪ They were on the dashboard of his getaway van, which he crashed after the £2,000 raid in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.
▪ The getaway van was later found abandoned along with the stolen scrap metal.
▪ Security guard Ron Letts was crushed by a getaway van when he surprised a gang stealing scrap metal.
▪ Jimmy was so elated that when the removal van arrived he hadn't even parcelled up his comics.
▪ The other was a white Transit van.
▪ The party arrived at Gatwick in a grey transit van instead of chauffeur-driven cars and quietly skipped customs regulations.
▪ Oh no, it's a Transit van story!
▪ I handed over a Ford transit van and its human contents to the Sussex constabulary.
▪ The driver of a Ford Transit van, though he has priority, hangs back respectfully to let Vic filter left.
▪ As I watched, a Transit van reversed into Fastfit's loading area.
▪ Dodman was driving a van found to be loaded with the stolen property.
▪ Normally, Lonergan drives a school van to and from games.
▪ He could drive the van and upholster a settee.
▪ He was driving his van, delivering copies of First Rebel.
▪ I spect they use it for driving their vans through.
▪ She had to continue driving the van all day, and again the following morning.
▪ They're still at the stage where they have to drive the van down from Manchester themselves.
▪ He'd spotted two men driving away from a securicor van parked outside Bookers cash and carry centre in cheltenham.
▪ The badgers are loaded into vans for the 4 hour drive to Yorkshire.
▪ Why are you loading this van when some one lives here?
▪ The assistant returned to see the respondent carrying the goods towards the main exit and loading them into a van.
▪ Behind him Charley was in the middle of the road, also beginning to move towards the van.
▪ Enormous as the moving van seemed, the new house was more enormous still, a split-level, with an attached garage.
▪ Traffic started moving again when the van was pronounced safe.
▪ One could gather the entire written output of the human race and load it into a single moving van.
▪ I parked the van alongside the bus stop, and Carol swayed to her feet thinking I was a bus.
▪ I parked my van and took a $ 1 5-a-week room in the Kalispell Hotel.
▪ It was hardly wider than a car and somebody had parked a van half way along.
▪ Stephen parked the van and delivered the screen.
▪ He stopped on seeing the van across the road and then Brenda.
▪ Rafael stops the van at the north end of Avenue 9 de Julio.
▪ All the same, as soon as he was out of the woods he stopped the van.
▪ Grimwood stopped by the van door, extracted keys, opened the door and helped Steve inside.
▪ The constable was wounded after stopping a high-sided van in Stoke Newington, north London.
▪ Police nationwide will be setting up roadblocks to stop the killers transporting van loads of explosives at will.
▪ We used vans, vans marked with the Red Cross; and machine-guns; and dynamite.
▪ The prosecution had claimed police kept watch for Powney after receiving a report he was regularly using the van.
▪ It gives them an excuse to use the riot vans - and it beats booking drivers for speeding.
▪ Dod had got me the job and we were using his van, so everything was okay by me.
▪ a moving van
▪ A hosepipe was attached to the exhaust pipe leading into the interior of the van and the engine was still running.
▪ Bernard reversed straight out of the new garage into the road and hit a passing van.
▪ Brave Sam King saw Scott Long, also six, run down by a van.
▪ Police found at least a dozen spent shell casings around the van.
▪ We washed three vans, one mini and 28 cars and we all got soaking wet.
▪ You will certainly need to make arrangements for the siting of the outside broadcast van and the laying of cables.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.

  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.

  3. A covered vehicle for carrying passengers or for moving furniture, etc.; -- sometimes shorted into van.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"front part of an army or other advancing group," c.1600, shortening of vanguard.


"covered truck or wagon," 1829, shortening of caravan. Century Dictionary suggests this was perhaps regarded as *carry-van.


Etymology 1 n. A (covered) vehicle used for carrying goods or people, usually roughly cuboid in shape, longer and higher than a car but smaller than a truck. vb. (context transitive English) To transport in a van or similar vehicle (especially of horses). Etymology 2

n. (context mining English) A shovel used in cleansing ore. vb. (context mining English) To wash or cleanse, as a small portion of ore, on a shovel. Etymology 3

n. 1 A fan or other contrivance, such as a sieve, for winnowing grain. 2 A wing with which the air is beaten.

  1. n. 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, new wave]

  2. the leading units moving at the head of an army [syn: vanguard]

  3. a camper equipped with living quarters [syn: caravan]

  4. a truck with an enclosed cargo space

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.
Van, TX
Van (disambiguation)

A van is a road vehicle.

Van also may refer to:

  • Van, Vanguard (military tactics)
  • Van (Dutch), Dutch preposition
  • Van (band), Swedish musical group
  • Railway vehicles:
    • Van, covered goods wagon
    • Van, boxcar

A van is a kind of vehicle used for transporting goods or people. Depending on the type of van it can be bigger or smaller than a truck and SUV, and bigger than an automobile. There is some varying in the scope of the word across the different English-speaking countries. The smallest vans, minivans, are commonly used for transporting people from a family. Larger vans with passenger seats are used for institutional purposes, such as transporting students. Larger vans with only front seats are often used for business purposes, to carry goods and equipment. Specially-equipped vans are used by television stations as mobile studios. Postal services and courier companies use large step vans to deliver packages.

Van (band)

Van was a Swedish musical group making dance covers of classical music. The group consisted of writers and producers Lönn and Wolfgang, and Thérèse Engdahl on vocals. On "Ice Got My Love", Engdahl gets help with the backing vocals from Ellinor Franzén.

Van released one album, Classica.

Van (Dutch)

van is a preposition in the Dutch and Afrikaans languages, meaning "of" or "from" depending on the context (similar to de and di in the Romance languages).

van is a very common prefix in Dutch language surnames, where it is known as a tussenvoegsel. In those cases it nearly always refers to a certain, often quite distant, ancestor's place of origin; examples of this in English can be found in the names Greta Van Susteren "from Susteren" and Rembrandt van Rijn "from the Rhine".

In surnames, it can appear by itself or in combination with an article (compare Frenchde la, de l'). The most common cases of this are van de, van der and van den, where the articles are all current or archaic forms of the article de "the". Less common are van het and van 't, which use the similar but neuter article het. Common is also the contractionver- of van der, which can be written as a single word with the rest of the surname; an example can be found in Johannes Vermeer (van der meer "of the lake").

Van (album)

Van. is the fourth solo album and second original studio album from Japanese singer Tomiko Van. It was released on December 10, 2008 and contains the title tracks of all four of her solo singles, as well as two b-sides and five new tracks, for an overall total of eleven tracks.

Van (electoral district)

Van is an electoral district of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. It elects 8 members of parliament (deputies) to represent the province of the same name for a four-year term by the D'Hondt method, a party-list proportional representation system.

Usage examples of "van".

Het was een moeilijke taak, al kon zij nog zoo goed praten, en het was misschien tot het ongeluk van haar Georges, dat zij zoo pleitte, maar ach, de jongen was zoo verliefd, en misschien had hij het toch wel aan het rechte eind!

Some Family members, led by Rikart Neumann and Acton van Reuter, had apparently agreed to throw their support behind the Laum in exchange for augmentation technology.

I remember Anais thinking her van Reuter problems would end when Acton died.

He had often done so, in days past, when he considered the soul of Acton van Reuter and where it might currently reside.

The shadow that had loomed behind him resolved itself into the unmistakable form of van Effen, whose right hand curved round and held the aerosol can an inch or two from the .

The man was just disappearing from sight when van Effen crossed to the other man on the river missile site, his hand round the burgundy Yves Saint-Laurent aerosol with the special fragrance.

Most of his journeys were local or to one of the airports, but he had some customers who went further afield for various reasons, though they travelled in his Vauxhall saloon, not this utilitarian van.

Van Duyn was ahorse with his rifle and was followed by the deCourteneys, with Gabrielle in boyish hose and jerkin, and the other eleven, mostly young, with two women among them.

Mouth test drill site, what little patience Frikkie Van Alman might have had to begin with had dissipated.

He was no dumb tyrannosaur, he was Frikkie Van Alman, head of Oilstar, man of adventure.

Frikkie Van Alman meant to abuse his connections and the resources of Oilstar to exploit the secrets it held.

Frik Van Alman would be more upset about not regaining the artifact than he would ever have been about losing the oil rig.

Ray saw Keene set his jaw and knew what he was thinking: no one could mix grandiosity and arrogance like Fredrick Van Alman and, yes, sometimes you wanted to punch out his lights.

Keene set his jaw and knew what he was thinking: no one could mix grandiosity and arrogance like Fredrick Van Alman and, yes, sometimes you wanted to punch out his lights.

Van Erlevoort, met loshangende haren, zeer bleek onder een dunne laag poudre-de-riz, de wenkbrauwen als door een enkele penseelstreek zwarter getint.