verb (outspans, outspanning, outspanned)[with object]
- 1Unharness (an animal) from a wagon: the wagons were drawn up beside the road and the oxen outspanned [no object]: they outspanned at the hotelMore example sentences
- We then outspanned for the night.
- 1.1 [no object] Rest or camp at the side of the road while travelling by wagon: we used to outspan for five or six hours in the heat of the dayMore example sentences
- I outspanned on what is now Market Square and let the oxen graze there whilst I walked up to where my Aunt lay ill in a tent.
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- A place for grazing or camping on a wagon journey.More example sentences
- The trekking routes and outspans - a term derived from unyoking a team of oxen - became major channels of communication into the interior.
early 19th century: from Dutch uitspannen 'unyoke'.