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inspan Line breaks: in¦span
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈspan/

Definition of inspan in English:

verb (inspans, inspanning, inspanned)

[with object] South African
1Yoke (draught animals, typically oxen) in a team to a vehicle: Duma inspanned sixteen of his best cattle
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  • The waentjies had functioning disselbooms, jukke and skeie complete with carefully cut riempies spantoue for inspanning the oxen.
1.1Harness an animal or animals to (a vehicle): the farmer inspanned his wagon and returned to Maritzburg
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  • The Boers charged the hill four times, and were inspanning wagons preparatory to a retreat, when our men were forced to fall back owing to their reserve.
  • He ordered the wagons to be inspanned, but left where they were, and refused requests to allow them to be laagered.


Early 19th century: from Dutch inspannen 'to stretch', from in- 'in' + spannen 'to span'.

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