Something possessing structure or form.
The act of assembling a group or structure.
(geology) A rock or face of a mountain.
(military) A grouping of military units or smaller formations under a command, such as a brigade, division, wing, etc.
(military) An arrangement of moving troops, ships, or aircraft, such as a wedge, line abreast, or echelon. Often "in formation".
The process of influencing or guiding a person to a deeper understanding of a particular vocation.
* (military grouping of units) battle group, brigade group, task force, combat team
* (military arrangement of forces) tactical formation, battle formation
A convoy or procession of travelers, their vehicles and cargo, and any pack animals, especially camels crossing a desert.
* 1846 , ,
* 1888 , ,
- To the left the caravan animals, securely picketed, at regular distances of some fifteen yards apart, occupied an area of several acres.
* 1897 , , Chapter 21,
- “Would they could have foretold that my caravan would have been cut up by the Shinwaris almost within shadow of the Pass!” grunted the Eusufzai agent of a Rajputana trading-house whose goods had been feloniously diverted into the hands of other robbers just across the Border, and whose misfortunes were the laughing-stock of the bazar. “Ohé, priest, whence come you and whither do you go?”
(UK, Australia, NZ) A furnished vehicle towed behind a car, etc., and used as a dwelling when stationary.
* 2006 , Roger Cross, Avon Hudson, Beyond Belief: The British Bomb Tests: Australia's Veterans Speak Out ,
- Camel caravans , and courageous teamsters opened regular carrying businesses between Southern Cross and Coolgardie, while coaches began to run over the desert.
* 2009 , Chris Cleave, Incendiary ,
- The caravans' were the demarcation between the non-radioactive areas and the radioactive areas. There were two main '''caravans''', one for people going into the forward area, and the other ' caravan was for people returning.
* 2010 , Jo Nesbo, Nemesis ,
- The best thing about caravans' is that they're always exactly the same, said Terence Butcher. You can tow your ' caravan to Brighton or Bournemouth or Bognor. Doesn?t make the blindest bit of difference. When you close the door behind you at the end of the day you?re home.
- At the end of the car park were three caravans .
* caravan park, caravan site
* (convoy or procession of travelers) camel train, convoy, wagon train
* (furnished vehicle used as a dwelling) (US): camper, mobile home, motor home, recreational vehicle, trailer, travel trailer
To travel in a caravan (procession).
* 1957 , , Journal of the Assembly, Legislature of the State of California , Volume 1,
- The wedding party got in their cars and caravaned from the chapel to the reception hall.
* 1984 , Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, Information Retrieval Limited, Animal Behaviour Abstracts , Volume 12,
- The provisions of the Vehicle Code covering caravaning of vehicles have been clarified to expedite this type of operation and still result in the proper observance of the objectives of that law.
* 2007 , Stanley Bennett Clay, Looker ,
- Observations of caravaning were made on the domesticated musk shrew (Suncus murinus ) with particular reference to its developmental aspects.
(UK, Australia) To travel and/or live in a caravan (vehicle).
- Brando, Dee, Omar, Jeanette, and Clymenthia caravanned up to the La Brea summit and down Overhill Drive, just past Slauson Avenue, to La Louisianne for drinks and a late-night snack.
* 1932', Walter Meade, '''''Caravanning'' , Cecil Charles Windsor Aldin, ''The Cecil Aldin Book ,
- When my parents retired they really got back into caravanning .
* 1986 , James Wilson Brown, Shirley N. Brown, Before You Go To Great Britain: A Resource Directory and Planning Guide ,
- It has to be remembered that, however enchanting the idea of caravanning may be, it is unlikely that it will consist entirely of watching sunsets and other people working — two of the most fascinating sights I know — but there are, regrettably enough, other and less romantic elements.
* 2002 , Don Loffler, The FJ Holden: A Favourite Australian Car ,
- British interest in camping and caravaning has recently increased considerably — so much so that today, camp parks are available in all parts of the country.
- Norm writes, ‘My wife and I did a lot of caravaning and it certainly didn?t pull the car out of shape, although lots of people thought it would!’
"caravan"], entry in [http://septicscompanion.com The Septic's Companion: A British Slang Dictionary