Associations to the word «Van»


VAN, noun. 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.
VAN, noun. (British) An enclosed railway vehicle for transport of goods.
VAN, noun. (UK) (dated) A light wagon, either covered or open, used by tradesmen and others for the transportation of goods.
VAN, noun. Shortened form of vanguard.
VAN, noun. Shortened form of caravan.
VAN, verb. (transitive) To transport in a van or similar vehicle (especially of horses).
VAN, noun. (mining) A shovel used in cleansing ore.
VAN, verb. (mining) To wash or cleanse, as a small portion of ore, on a shovel.
VAN, noun. A fan or other contrivance, such as a sieve, for winnowing grain.
VAN, noun. A wing with which the air is beaten.
VAN, proper noun. A male given name, diminutive of Vance or Ivan
VAN, proper noun. A large saline lake in eastern Turkey. One of three great tectonic lakes of the Armenian Highland. Famous for its Chalcalburnus tarichi fish and the 10th century Armenian cathedral on Akhtamar Island.
VAN, proper noun. A city on the shore of that lake.
VAN, proper noun. Abbreviation of Vancouver.
VAN, abbreviation. Abbreviation of Vancouver.
VAN 'T HOFF FACTOR, noun. A measure of the effect of a solute upon colligative properties such as osmotic pressure, relative lowering in vapour pressure, elevation of boiling point, and depression of freezing point. It is the ratio between the actual concentration of particles produced when the substance is dissolved, and the concentration of a substance as calculated from its mass.
VAN 'T HOFF FACTORS, noun. Plural of van 't Hoff factor
VAN 'T HOFF'S LAW, proper noun. The generalization that, when a system is in equilibrium, of the two opposed interactions, the endothermic is promoted by raising the temperature and the exothermic by lowering it.
VAN ALLEN BELT, noun. Alternative term for Van Allen radiation belt
VAN ALLEN BELTS, noun. Plural of Van Allen belt
VAN ALLEN RADIATION BELT, noun. (astronomy) (physics) Either of two torus-shaped areas of high-energy charged particles which partly surround Earth, trapped by its magnetic field. The areas are characterised by intense radiation. When the belts "overload", particles strike the upper atmosphere and fluoresce, causing the polar aurora.
VAN ALLEN RADIATION BELTS, noun. Plural of Van Allen radiation belt
VAN BOGAERT-SCHERER-EPSTEIN SYNDROME, proper noun. Cerebrotendineous xanthomatosis
VAN DE GRAAFF GENERATOR, noun. (physics) a device in which an electric charge is built up on a large spherical electrode by means of a rapidly moving belt
VAN DE GRAAFF GENERATORS, noun. Plural of Van de Graaff generator
VAN DER HUM, proper noun. A South African tangerine-flavoured brandy liqueur.
VAN DER WAALS FORCE, noun. (chemistry) (often in plural) The relatively weak attraction between neutral atoms and molecules arising from polarization induced in each particle by the presence of other particles.
VAN DIEMEN'S LAND, proper noun. The former name (until 1856) of the then-British colony and current state of Australia now known as Tasmania.
VAN ECK PHREAKING, noun. The process of eavesdropping on the contents of a CRT or LCD display by detecting its electromagnetic emissions.
VAN GOGH, noun. A work by Vincent van Gogh.
VAN GOGH, proper noun. Vincent van Gogh, Dutch draughtsman and painter.
VAN GOGHS, noun. Plural of Van Gogh
VAN STOCKUM DUST, noun. (physics) In general relativity, an exact solution of the Einstein field equation in which the gravitational field is generated by dust rotating about an axis of cylindrical symmetry.
VAN WART, proper noun. A surname​.

Dictionary definition

VAN, noun. Any creative group active in the innovation and application of new concepts and techniques in a given field (especially in the arts).
VAN, noun. The leading units moving at the head of an army.
VAN, noun. (Great Britain) a closed railroad car that carries baggage or freight.
VAN, noun. A camper equipped with living quarters.
VAN, noun. A truck with an enclosed cargo space.

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