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verb (used with object), in·spanned, in·span·ning. South Africa.
  1. to yoke or harness.
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Origin of inspan

From Afrikaans, dating back to 1825–35; see origin at in-1, span2
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Examples from the Web for inspan

Historical Examples of inspan

  • As soon as the feast was over, Hendricks gave the word to inspan.

    Hendricks the Hunter

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • There's four more in the van; inspan the lot till we send in for them, will you?

    Young Blood

    E. W. Hornung

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

  • We inspan at daybreak, and trek on till about ten or eleven.

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

British Dictionary definitions for inspan


verb -spans, -spanning or -spanned (tr) mainly Southern African
  1. to harness (animals) to (a vehicle); yoke
  2. to press (people) into service
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Word Origin for inspan

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