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