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verb[WITH OBJECT]South African
1 Yoke (draught animals, typically oxen) in a team to a vehicle:‘Duma inspanned sixteen of his best cattle’
- ‘The waentjies had functioning disselbooms, jukke and skeie complete with carefully cut riempies spantoue for inspanning the oxen.’
- 1.1 Harness an animal or animals to (a vehicle):‘the farmer inspanned his wagon and returned to Maritzburg’
- ‘He ordered the wagons to be inspanned, but left where they were, and refused requests to allow them to be laagered.’
- ‘The Boers charged the hill four times, and were inspanning wagons preparatory to a retreat, when our men were forced to fall back owing to their reserve.’
Early 19th century: from Dutch inspannen to stretch, from in- in + spannen to span.
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