inspan

[ in-span ]
/ ɪnˈspæn /
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verb (used with object), in·spanned, in·span·ning. South Africa.

to yoke or harness.

Nearby words

  1. insouciance,
  2. insouciant,
  3. insoul,
  4. insourcing,
  5. insp.,
  6. inspect,
  7. inspection,
  8. inspection arms,
  9. inspection chamber,
  10. inspection pit

Origin of inspan

From Afrikaans, dating back to 1825–35; see origin at in-1, span2

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inspan

/ (ɪnˈspæn) /

verb -spans, -spanning or -spanned (tr) mainly Southern African

to harness (animals) to (a vehicle); yoke
to press (people) into service

Word Origin for inspan

C19: from Afrikaans, from Middle Dutch inspannen, from spannen to stretch, yoke; see span 1

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