lake van

Van

[van; for 1, 2 also Turkish vahn]
noun
1.
a salt lake in E Turkey. 1454 sq. mi. (3766 sq. km).
2.
a town on this lake.
3.
a male given name.
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van1 (væn)
 
n
1.  short for caravan
2.  a covered motor vehicle for transporting goods, etc, by road
3.  (Brit) a closed railway wagon in which the guard travels, for transporting goods, mail, etc
4.  (Brit) See delivery van

van2 (væn)
 
n
short for vanguard

van3 (væn)
 
n
short for advantage Usual US and Canadian word: ad

van4 (væn)
 
n
1.  any device for winnowing corn
2.  an archaic or poetic word for wing
 
[C17: variant of fan1]

Van (vɑːn)
 
n
1.  a city in E Turkey, on Lake Van. Pop: 377 000 (2005 est)
2.  Lake Van a salt lake in E Turkey, at an altitude of 1650 m (5400 ft): fed by melting snow and glaciers. Area: 3737 sq km (1433 sq miles)

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Word Origin & History

van
"front part of an army or other advancing group," 1610, shortening of vanguard.

van
"covered truck or wagon," 1829, shortening of caravan.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
van
  1. caravan

  2. vanguard

VAN
value-added network
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