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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 van /ˈvæn/
 貨車,篷車,先鋒,前驅,前衛(vt.)用車搬運

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Van n.  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.   --Milton.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Van, n.  Mining A shovel used in cleansing ore.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Van, v. t. Mining To wash or cleanse, as a small portion of ore, on a shovel.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Van, n.
 1. A light wagon, either covered or open, used by tradesmen and others for the transportation of goods. [Eng.]
 2. A large covered wagon for moving furniture, etc., also for conveying wild beasts, etc., for exhibition.
 3. A closed railway car for baggage. See the Note under Car, 2. [Eng.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Van, n.
 1. A fan or other contrivance, as a sieve, for winnowing grain.
 2.  A wing with which the air is beaten. [Archaic] “[/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.   --Dryden.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Van, v. t.  To fan, or to cleanse by fanning; to winnow. [Obs.]
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 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,
            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