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[in-span] /ɪnˈspæn/
verb (used with object), inspanned, inspanning. South Africa.
to yoke or harness.
Origin of inspan
From Afrikaans, dating back to 1825-35; See origin at in-1, span2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We left our drivers to inspan and follow, and set off down the little stream with our guns.

    The African Colony John Buchan
  • As soon as the feast was over, Hendricks gave the word to inspan.

    Hendricks the Hunter W.H.G. Kingston
  • I called Hans and bade him inspan as quickly as possible, explaining to him that yonder was Marais's camp.

    Marie H. Rider Haggard
  • He did this only to inspan again, and proceed by moonlight to the town.

  • Then she ordered them to inspan the waggon, and this was done quickly, for the oxen lay tied to the trek-tow.

    Swallow H. Rider Haggard
  • We inspan at daybreak, and trek on till about ten or eleven.

    The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley Bertram Mitford
  • All right; you can inspan six of our drove-bullocks, and drive the waggon with us to Gueldersdorp.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • My wives then saw them inspan the waggon and take everything away.

  • He immediately ordered his men to inspan and saddle their horses.

    Through Shot and Flame J. D. Kestell.
  • By this time Mouti had got up the horses, and asked if he was to inspan.

    Jess H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for inspan


verb (transitive) (mainly South African) -spans, -spanning, -spanned
to harness (animals) to (a vehicle); yoke
to press (people) into service
Word Origin
C19: from Afrikaans, from Middle Dutch inspannen, from spannen to stretch, yoke; see span1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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