inspan
verb Etymology: Afrikaans, from Dutch inspannen Date: circa 1827 chiefly South African yoke, harness

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  • Inspan — In*span , v. t. & i. [D. inspannen.] To yoke or harness, as oxen to a vehicle. [South Africa] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inspan — [in span′] vt., vi. inspanned, inspanning [Afrik < Du inspannen: see IN 1 & SPAN1] South Afr. to harness or yoke (animals) to a wagon, etc …   English World dictionary

  • inspan — verb To yoke oxen. There was no time to inspan the oxen …   Wiktionary

  • inspan — /in span /, v.t., inspanned, inspanning. South Africa. to yoke or harness. [1825 35; < Afrik; see IN 1, SPAN2] * * * …   Universalium

  • inspan — v. attach an animal to harness …   English contemporary dictionary

  • inspan — [ɪn span] verb (inspans, inspanning, inspanned) S. African yoke (draught animals) to a vehicle. Origin C19: from Du. inspannen to stretch …   English new terms dictionary

  • inspan — in·span …   English syllables

  • inspan — v. (inspanned, inspanning) S.Afr. 1 tr. (also absol.) a yoke (oxen etc.) in a team to a vehicle. b harness an animal or animals to (a wagon). 2 tr. harness (people or resources) into service. Etymology: Du. inspannen stretch (as IN (2), SPAN(2)) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Departure — (Roget s Thesaurus) >Initial motion from. < N PARAG:Departure >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 departure departure decession decampment Sgm: N 1 embarkation embarkation Sgm: N 1 outset outset start Sgm: N 1 removal removal …   English dictionary for students

  • out|span — «owt SPAN», verb, spanned, span|ning, noun. in South Africa: –v.t., v.i. 1. to unyoke or unharness (horses or other beast of burden) from a wagon: »They very frequently unyoke, or outspan…at Salt River (W. J. Burchell). 2. to encamp: »They… …   Useful english dictionary

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